Code of Ethics for the Members of the Health Physics Society
These principles are intended to aid members of the Health Physics Society, individually
and collectively, in maintaining a professional level of ethical conduct. They
are intended as guidelines by which members may determine the propriety of their
conduct in relationships with employers, coworkers, clients, governmental agencies,
members of other professions, and the public.
- Members of the Society shall give support to the objectives of the Health Physics
- Members shall strive to improve their professional knowledge and skill.
- Each member shall be a judge of his/her competence and will not undertake any
assignment beyond his/her abilities.
- All relations with employers, coworkers, clients, governmental agencies, and
the general public shall be based upon and shall reflect the highest standard
of integrity and fairness.
- Members shall never compromise public welfare and safety in favor of an employer's
- No employment or consultation shall be undertaken which is contrary to law or
the public welfare.
- Members will gladly accept every opportunity to increase public understanding
of radiation protection and the objectives of the Society.
- Professional statements made by members shall have sound scientific basis. Sensational
and unwarranted statements of others concerning radiation and radiation protection
shall be corrected, when practical.
- Members shall protect the sources of confidential communications, provided that
such protection is not itself unethical or illegal.