Mr X is a project engineer for a project contracted to Y Company owned by Mr Z. Mr Z tells Mr X that he is ordering the latest model of an electronic gadget for his company staff and he can get a set for Mr X at the company discounted price. Mr X agrees and pays on delivery. Did Mr X breach the BEM or IEM Regulations on Professional Conduct?
The regulation of professional conduct is accomplished in many ways such as ensuring that members of the profession are of good character, providing guidance and educating members to members as to what constitutes appropriate professional behaviour, and by having robust complaints and discipline processes that deal with situations where a member may not have met the standards of conduct. All of these require clear guidance as to what is appropriate professional behaviour.
For this case, Mr X actually had breached the BEM or IEM Regulations on Professional Conduct by accepting the electronic gadget that been offered by Mr Z, owner of Company Y with discounted price. Eventhough Mr X is now working as a Project Engineer at Mr Z’s company, he is actually has broken the law of ethics as in BEM and IEM. It has been clearly stated in BEM Code of Professional Conduct, 4.3 “ A Registered Engineer should not solicit or accept financial or other valuable consideration, directly or indirectly from outside agents in connection with the work for which he is responsible. “ Based on this case, Mr X has acknowledged about the discounted price for the electronic gadget and still accepting this offer.
Besides, a member shall not accept remuneration in connection with professional services rendered to his employer other than from his employer or with his employer’s consent ; nor shall be received directly or indirectly any royalty, gratuity or commission on any article or process used in or for the purposes of the work in respect of which he is employed unless or until such royalty, gratuity or commission has been authorised...
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