PUJA(B) CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
(Clause 13 of the PUJA Constitution)
The objectives of Pertubuhan Ukur, Jurutera dan Arkitek, Negara Brunei Darussalam (PUJA), (hereinafter) referred to as “the Institution”, as describe in its constitution, among others include the promotion, fostering and advancement of the science and art of professions of surveyors, engineers and architects in line with aims and objectives of His Majesty The Sultan And Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam..
STANDARD OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
The object of this Code of Professional Conduct is to promote the standard of professional conduct, or self-discipline, required of members of the Institution in the interest of the public and the professions. Non-Corporate members of the Institution are required to uphold the same standard and their conduct is also governed by this Code.
RULES AND NOTES
The Code comprises Rules, and Notes to the Rules. The Notes explain particular applications of a Rule, in some cases laying down conditions under which certain activities are permitted, or indicate good practice and how best to observe a Rule. Further rules or Notes may be published by the Council from time to time in the appropriate PUJA publications, before their incorporation in revised edition of the Code. Members are expected to be familiar with new provisions from the date of their publication.
ENGAGE IN ANY ACTIVITY
A member is at liberty to engage in any activity, whether as proprietor, director, principal, partner, manager, superintendent, controller or salaried employee of, or consultant to, anybody corporate or incorporated or in any other capacity provided that his conduct compiles with the Rules of this Code applying to his circumstances.
ANSWERABILITY AS A PERSON AND BODY CORPORATE
For the purpose of the Constitution and this Code, the Institution may hold a member acting through a body corporate or incorporated responsible for the acts of that body. A member may be required to answer inquiries concerning his professional conduct in accordance with the Constitution. A member is liable to reprimand, suspension, or expulsion under the Constitution in his conduct is found by the Council to be in contravention of the Code or otherwise inconsistent with his status as a member or derogatory to his professional character.
THROUGHOUT THIS CODE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL BE APPLIED:-
‘the institution’ -shall mean PertubuhanUkur, JuruteradanArkitek, Negara Brunei Darussalam, (PUJA).
‘the Constitution’ -shall mean a corporate or non-corporate member of the Institution.
‘the Code’-shall mean the Code of Professional Conduct of the Institution.
‘the professions’-shall mean the Professions of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects.
‘the Client’-shall mean the person or body corporate or incorporated with whom the member makes an agreement or contract for the provision of services or the performance of works and/or the supply of goods.
‘body corporate or incorporate’-shall include a central government department, a local authority, public board or corporation or any society, firm or company.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MEMBER TO THE PUBLIC
A member shall ensure that his professional actions do not conflict with his general responsibility to contribute to the quality of the environment.
A member shall provide constructive professional service in civic affairs and shall apply his skill to the development of the community.
A member on accepting a commission shall take steps to ensure the total concept and recommendation is based on full and proper consideration of public and national interests.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MEMBER TO CLIENTS AND EMPLOYERS
A member shall discharge his duties to his client or employer with complete fidelity.
A member shall not undertake any assignment which would create a potential conflict of interest between himself and his client or employee
A member shall inform his client to employer of the existence or likelihood of any conflict between the interest of himself, his partnership or corporation or, where applicable, any personal conflict of interest related through his association with the partnership of corporation, and that of his client or employer.
A member shall not disclose confidential information concerning the business affairs or technical processes of his client or employer without their consent.
When appointed by his client or employer to give expert advice or to act as conciliator a member shall not subsequently allow his terms or reference to be extended onto those of an arbitrator.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MEMBER TO HIS PROFESSION AND ALLIED PROFFESIONS
A member shall maintain a high standard of integrity.
A member shall promote the advancement of his profession.
A member shall not give professional advice which does not fully reflect his best professional judgment.
A member shall conduct himself in a manner which is not derogatory to his professional character nor likely to lessen the confidence of the public in the Institution or his profession nor bring them into disrepute.
A membershall promote the concept of his professional excellence and to ensure that the quality or adequacy of services offered is not compromised in establishing levels of recompense for these services.
A member shall not attempt to supplant another member or person of similar profession, who has been appointed for a particular project.
A member shall have regard to the Codes and Rules of allied professions.
A member shall observe the Professional Codes of Conduct applicable to his profession in other countries when working there, where these do not apply, a member shall conduct himself in accordance with this Code.
A member shall not use the advantage of salaried position to compete unfairly with other members or persons of similar professions.
PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, ADVERTISING & SOLICITING
A member shall ensure that public communication including advertising and soliciting, related to his profession shall be carried out in a professional and responsible manner.
Member shall ensure when promoting his professional services that information is accurate, that professional colleagues, individual or as a group are not denigrated and that professional standard of services expected of his profession is maintained.
A member shall state qualifications, experience and authorship accurately.
A member shall ensure that if he allows his name and/or photograph to appear in promotional material produced by suppliers or manufacturers of materials used in a project he has designed, his name and/or photograph is included in a professional manner and that he does not accept any consideration for the used thereof.
A member shall ensure that if he allows his name and/or photograph to appear in promotional material produced by clients for the purpose of advertising or promoting projects, for which he has been commissioned, all reference makes clear the true nature and extend of the service he provided.
A member shall refrain from making critical comments on the Professions and allied professions unless he is informed of the facts and his comments are constructive.
A member shall ensure that remuneration claim shall be fair and reflective of the works.
A member in private consulting practice is remunerated solely by his professional fees payable by his client and is debarred from any other source of remuneration in connection with the works and duties entrusted to him and equally shall not allow any member of his staff to receive such remuneration, unless permitted by his client.
FACTS, TRUTHS AND FAIRNESS BETWEEN PARTIES
A member shall act impartially in all cases when he is acting between parties.
A member shall at all time apply the conditions of a contract with entire fairness between the parties.
If called upon to give evidence or otherwise to speak on a matter of fact, a member shall speak what he believes to the truth, irrespective of its effect on his own interest, the interests of other colleagues or members, or other sectional interest.