Developing a consistent approach to ethics is an essential part of building any profession. Cooperation with relevant stakeholders, including the European Commission, national bodies as well as with the private sector, is necessary to ensure that ethical standards are fully developed.

There is a general distinction between a ‘Code of Ethics’ and the ‘Code of Conduct’, the first being understood as a set of guidelines for the profession in general, whereas a Code of Conduct focuses more on enforced rules of conduct, which are binding for all practicing professionals.

The European Professional Ethics Framework for the ICT Profession is soon to be developed by experts commissioned by CEN TC 428. See below for more details:

ProjectEuropean Professional Ethics Framework
ObjectiveThe objective of the project is to provide a technical report incorporating an ethics meta-framework relevant to, and in support of, IT Professionals across Europe.
Team ExpertsStefan Kunkel (Team Leader) – Dimosthenis Ioannidis – Clare Thornley – Bramjan Mulder – Juan Pablo Peñarrubia
Project Duration 32 months (started: 1st January 2019)

ITPE members are regularly updated on its progress, along with all other initiatives of this workgroup.


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