Code of Professional Conduct

The Council of the Confederation of European Maritime Technology Societies considers that every naval architect, marine engineer and other professional engineer in the maritime industry, should at all times carry out their professional work in accordance with the following principles, whether bound by statutory requirement or not: 

Safety and Health

The professional engineer should take all reasonable care to prevent danger of death, injury or ill-health to any person, or of damage to property and the environment.

Competence to Practise

The professional engineer should not undertake work that he/she is not fully competent to carry out. The professional engineer should always carry out work to the best of his/her ability.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The professional engineer should exercise proper supervision of all work done under his/her authority and accept professional responsibility for it.


The professional engineer should not improperly disclose or use confidential information either for his/her own benefit or for the benefit of a third party.

Professional Integrity

The professional engineer should act with honesty, impartiality and integrity.

Risk Assessment

The professional engineer should assess possible hazards to the public and the environment, and take all reasonable action to minimise or avoid them.

Upholding the Code of Professional Conduct

The professional engineer’s responsibility to society outweighs his/her responsibility to his employer.

(Rev Apr 2023)