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Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

Code of Ethics
(Section IV - Certification Program Operations Manual)

As an applicant/certified person of the International Association for Identification, and being actively engaged in the profession of Scientific Identification and Investigation, I dedicate myself to the efficient and scientific administration thereof in the interest of Justice and the betterment of the profession.

To cooperate with others of the profession, promote improvement through research, and disseminate such advancement in my effort to make more effective the analysis of the expert.

To employ my technical knowledge factually, with zeal and determination, to protect the ethical standards of the profession of Scientific Identification and Investigation.

I humbly accept my responsibility to Public Trust and seek Divine guidance that I may keep inviolate the Profession of Scientific Identification and Investigation.

Standards of Professional Conduct
(Section V - Certification Program Operations Manual)

Every applicant/certified person shall comply with the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws of the International Association for Identification.

Every applicant/certified person shall strive for the highest standards of personal and professional conduct and shall be forthright in all aspects pertaining to criminal, civil and departmental matters.

Every applicant/certified person shall conduct him/herself personally and professionally within the laws of his/her respective government.

Every applicant/certified person of this Association shall conduct him/herself in a professional manner that will not violate the public trust.

Every applicant/certified person shall cooperate with peers in the advancement of the science and profession of his/her respective discipline(s).

Every applicant/certified person shall maintain and strive to improve his or her knowledge, skills, and abilities and shall continue to use all available resources to be knowledgeable of advances in his/her respective discipline(s).

No applicant/certified person shall misrepresent his/her affiliation with the Association.

No applicant/certified person shall issue any misleading or inaccurate statement that gives the appearance of representing the official position of the Association.

No applicant/certified person shall exaggerate, embellish or misrepresent his/her professional qualifications or credentials. Membership in the Association does not, by itself, qualify any certified member in any forensic discipline.

No applicant/certified person shall offer nor accept any gift or inducement that might improperly influence the performance of duties by him/herself or others.

No applicant/certified person shall knowingly make, promote or tolerate false accusations of a personal, professional or criminal nature.

Every applicant/certified person shall report any violation of this code to the President of the Association. A certified person shall cooperate fully with any official investigation by this Association.

Every applicant/certified person shall maintain and keep inviolate confidential information obtained in the course of professional endeavors.

Every applicant/certified person shall scientifically examine evidence and render professional opinions only in the discipline(s) in which he/she is qualified.

Every applicant/certified person shall maintain an objective and unbiased attitude in conducting forensic examinations in his/her qualified discipline(s).

Every applicant/certified person shall exercise due care to ensure and maintain the integrity of all evidence within his/her custody.

Every applicant/certified person shall conduct all examinations of evidence using accepted and established scientific techniques in his/her discipline(s).

Every applicant/certified person shall comply with appropriate standards and controls in conducting examinations and analyses in his/her discipline, and shall seek verification of findings in accordance with accepted contemporary scientific principles.