ACE Code of Ethics

PREAMBLE

The profession of Entomology is increasingly important to the welfare and progress of human society. Associate Certified Entomologists – Pest Control have the position and authority to render effective service to humanity, in keeping with high standards of ethical conduct. In order that the honor and dignity of the profession be advanced and maintained, the Entomological Society of America has established the following code to define the professional conduct and ethics, binding on Associate Certified Entomologists – Pest Control.
 

OBLIGATIONS TO SOCIETY

1          The Associate Certified Entomologist's knowledge and skills will be used for the betterment of human welfare.

1.2        The Associate Certified Entomologist will share in sustaining the laws, institutions, and burdens of the community.
 

OBLIGATIONS TO THE PUBLIC

2.1        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will follow standard IPM guidelines in the performance of his or her professional duties – ensuring proper regard for the safety, health, and welfare of the public and environment; documenting findings as appropriate and required; and keeping all stakeholders informed of the process.

2.2        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will be honest and impartial, and will preface any one-sided statements, criticisms, or arguments by clearly indicating on whose behalf they are made.

2.3        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will express an opinion on an entomological subject only when it is founded on adequate knowledge and honest conviction; and will be factual in all estimates, reports, and testimony.
 

OBLIGATIONS TO THE PROFESSION

3.1        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will strive to advance the science and art of entomology, to guard and uphold its high standard of honor, and conform with the principles of professional conduct.

3.2        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will cooperate in edifying the profession by exchanging information with fellow entomologists, and by contributing to the work of technical societies and the technical press, where disclosure of such information does not conflict with the interests of clients and employers.

3.3        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will defend the prestige of the entomology and pest control professions and will report to the Entomological Society of America any persons or organizations using the words entomologist, entomology, or derivatives thereof in a manner implying performance or supervision by a Board Certified Entomologist, or by an Associate Certified Entomologist, when such is not true.

3.4        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control, when referring to the certification granted by the Entomological Society of America, shall always use the full title of Associate Certified Entomologist or ACE, rather than abbreviating to certified entomologist or only entomologist.

 

OBLIGATIONS TO EMPLOYERS AND CLIENTS

4.1        The Associate Certified Entomologist- Pest Control will act as a faithful agent or trustee for each employer or client, and will not knowingly engage in illegal work or unethical practice, or knowingly cooperate with any person so engaged.

4.2        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will undertake only those entomological assignments for which he or she is qualified.  The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will obtain or advise the employer or client to obtain the assistance of specialists whenever the employer's or client's interests are so served best, and will cooperate with such specialists.

4.3        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will indicate to the employer or client alternatives to recommended courses of action and the expected consequences of each recommended action and alternative.

4.4        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will inform the employer or client of any financial interest, or other conflicting interest, he or she has in any person, material, device, or concept which is or might become involved in a project or work for the employer or client.  Decisions regarding entomological or business services to be performed shall not be influenced by such interests.

4.5        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will act fairly and justly toward vendors and contractors, selecting their products and services on the basis of merit and value.

4.6        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will not disclose information concerning the business affairs or technical processes of present or former employers or clients without their consent.

4.7        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one party for the same service, or for other services pertaining to the same work, without the consent of all interested parties.
 

OBLIGATIONS TO FELLOW PROFESSIONALS

5.1        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will give credit for entomological work or advice to whom it is due.

5.2        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will promote solidarity and harmony with fellow pest management professionals, respect their judgment, and support them collectively and individually whenever possible against unjust claims and accusations.

5.3        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will not accept any engagement to review the professional work of a fellow pest management professional (except in litigation and editing of technical or scientific papers) without the knowledge of such person, unless the person's connection with the work has been terminated.

5.4        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will not injure intentionally the professional reputation, prospects, or practice of another pest management professional.  However, proof that another Associate or Board Certified Entomologist has done anything unethical, illegal, or unfair in a professional capacity, should be communicated to the Entomological Society of America as soon as possible.

5.5        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control will provide a prospective pest management employee with complete information on working conditions and the proposed status of employment and during employment will keep the employee informed of any changes therein.

5.6        The Associate Certified Entomologist – Pest Control who employs or supervises other pest management professionals will endeavor to encourage and provide opportunities for their professional development and advancement.