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right arrowWhat is the Engineers' Creed?
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What is engineering ethics?
Engineering ethics is (1) the study of moral issues and decisions confronting individuals and organizations involved in engineering and (2) the study of related questions about moral conduct, character, ideals and relationships of peoples and organizations involved in technological development (Martin and Schinzinger, Ethics in Engineering).

What is the NSPE Code of Ethics for Engineers?
The NSPE Code of Ethics for Engineers is designed to provide positive stimulus for ethical conduct as well as helpful guidance and advice concerning the primary and basic obligations of engineers. The Code also establishes the ethical guideposts for the NSPE Board of Ethical Review in interpreting ethical dilemmas submitted by engineers, public officials, and members of the public.

What is the Engineers' Creed?
The Engineers' Creed was developed in response to a desire for a short statement of philosophy of service, similar to the Hippocratic Oath for medical practitioners or similar oaths of the legal profession, that can be used in ceremonies or in recognition of individuals. Approved in June 1954, the Creed is used widely in NSPE, state society, and local chapter officer installation ceremonies, licensure certificate presentations, and engineering school graduations.

What is the NSPE Board of Ethical Review?
The Board of Ethical Review was established in the 1950s to review factual situations involving ethical dilemmas submitted by engineers, public officials, and members of the public. These anonymous dilemma situations are reviewed by the members of the Board and considered in light of the language of the NSPE Code of Ethics, Board of Ethical Review precedents, and the practical experiences of the seven professional engineers selected by the President who serve on the Board. Following extensive deliberation, the Board issues
written opinions which contain a description of the facts, pertinent Code citations, relevant questions, detailed discussions, and conclusions. Some opinions also include dissents.

What are the NCEES Model Rules of Professional Conduct?
The National Council for Examiners of Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has developed a set of model rules of professional conduct as guidance to state engineering licensing boards in developing such rules. Each state licensing board is generally granted the statutory authority to promulgate its own set of rules, which are binding upon every person holding an engineering license which allows them to offer or perform engineering services in the state.