NASCAP and its members respect universal ethical principles:
- Integrity and Honesty
- Respect for others
- Fairness and Adherence to the law
- Doing good and avoiding harm to others
- Responsibility and Accountability
NASCAP and its members abide by NASCAP’s Code of Ethics.
NASCAP has set forth this Code of Ethics to guide the professional and personal conduct of NASCAP and its members.
NASCAP and its members shall:
- Perform their duties with objectivity, due diligence and professional care, in accordance with their respective professional standards. They shall try to achieve highest possible quality in both the processes and products of professional work.
- Maintain competency in their respective fields and agree to undertake only those activities they can reasonably expect to complete with the necessary skills, knowledge and competence.
- Not engage in any conduct involving dishonesty, fraud or deceit or commit any act that reflects adversely on the professional reputation, integrity or competence of NASCAP or any NASCAP member. Refrain from any utterance or action prejudicial to the interests of NASCAP or its members. Any complaint arising out of the conduct of any other member or any disagreement regarding any decision taken by NASCAP shall be pursued and settled within NASCAP itself.
- While abiding by all applicable laws, rules and regulations, act with integrity, honesty and transparency in their dealings with NASCAP members and clients of NASCAP.
- Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the general public/consumers while protecting and promoting the legitimate rights, interests and concerns of IPR holders.
- Not do any harm by (a) taking assignments only in area of competence and (b) not accepting any assignment for which they are not qualified or otherwise competent.
- Not offer, solicit, or accept any gift, benefit, compensation, or consideration that reasonably could be expected to compromise their own independence or objectivity while performing a service or providing a solution.
- Not accept or provide any referral fees, compensation, consideration or benefit while recommending or accepting any services.
- Maintain the privacy and respect the confidentiality of information obtained in the course of their activities for provision of services and solutions unless disclosure is required by law by a competent legal authority. Such information shall not be used for personal benefits or released to an inappropriate party. Only the minimum amount of personal information necessary shall be collected. The retention and disposal periods for that information shall be clearly defined, enforced and communicated to the person concerned (data subject or data principal). Personal information gathered for a specific purpose shall not be used for any other purpose without the prior consent of the person concerned.
- Inform in an appropriate manner all concerned of the results of work performed, including the disclosure of all significant facts known to them that, if not disclosed, may distort the reporting of the results.
- For a professional purpose, may publicize the fact that they are members of NASCAP either as individuals or as parts of any grouping or legal entity.
- Help, apply and support policies, strategies and actions that reflect the universal ethical principles and the Code of Ethics of NASCAP.
- Make full and fair discloser of all matters that could reasonably be accepted to impair their independence and objectivity or interfere with their provision of services. All such disclosures are done promptly in writing and in plain language to the board of NASCAP through Secretary General of NASCAP.
- Treat violations of the universal ethical principles and the Code of Ethics of NASCAP as inconsistent with membership of NASCAP. Any violation of the universal ethical principles and the Code of Ethics of NASCAP shall be duly and promptly be reported to the Board of NASCAP for due consideration and appropriate action.
- The specific provisions of its code may be modified be a decision of the Assembly taken with a two-thirds majority of votes cast and, if appropriate, after having sought a legal opinion on the proposals.