PHE Code of Ethics

For Public Health Entomology Certificate Holders


The profession of Entomology is increasingly important to the welfare and progress of human society. PHE Certificate holders 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 (ESA) has established the following code to define the professional conduct and ethics, binding on PHE holders.


1 The Certificate Holder’s knowledge and skills will be used for the betterment of human welfare.

1.2 The Certificate Holder’s will share in sustaining the laws, institutions, and burdens of the community.


2.1 The Certificate Holder will follow standard IPM guidelines in the performance of all 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 Certificate Holder 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 Certificate Holder 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 testimonies.


3.1 The Certificate Holder will strive to advance the science and art of entomology, to guard and uphold its high standard of honor, and to conform to the principles of professional conduct.

3.2 The Certificate Holder will cooperate in edifying the profession by exchanging information with 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 Certificate Holder will strive to promote the public’s awareness and perception of pest management, pest management professionals, and all facets of the pest management business, taking special care of his/her responsibilities as a PHE Certificate Holder to defend the honor and prestige of the entomological aspects of the pest management profession that are encapsulated by the ESA Certification Programs.

3.4 The Certificate Holder, when referring to the certificate granted by the ESA, shall always use the full title of Public Health Entomology Certificate Holder or PHE Certificate Holder, rather than abbreviating to Certified Entomologist or only Entomologist. The Certificate Holder will seek to inform others of the prestige of entomology and will immediately report to the ESA any misuse or misrepresentation of the terms entomology, entomologist, Associate Certified Entomologist, Board Certified Entomologist, Public Health Entomologist Certificate Holder, or derivatives thereof.



4.1 The Certificate Holder 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 Certificate Holder will undertake only those entomological assignments for which he or she is qualified. The Certificate Holder 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 Certificate Holder 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 Certificate Holder 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 Certificate Holder will act fairly and justly toward vendors and contractors, selecting their products and services on the basis of merit and value.

4.6 The Certificate Holder will not disclose information concerning the business affairs or technical processes of present or former employers or clients without their consent.

4.7 The Certificate Holder 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.


5.1 The Certificate Holder will give credit for pest management and entomological work or advice to whom it is due.

5.2 The Certificate Holder 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 Certificate Holder 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 Certificate Holder will not injure intentionally the professional reputation, prospects, or practice of another pest management professional. However, proof that another PHE Certificate Holder, ACE, or BCE has done anything unethical, illegal, or unfair in a professional capacity, should be communicated to the ESA as soon as possible.

5.5 The Certificate Holder 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 Certificate Holder who employs or supervises other pest management professionals will endeavor to encourage and provide opportunities for their professional development and advancement.