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Ethics generally refers to a field of philosophy describing a social system in which morals are applied, where there may be written standards or codes that belong to a group. As an example, the IEEE has written a code of ethics for its membership, where the code expands on the expectations of the society and the responsibilities placed on the membership as being good community citizens. Another example is offered by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, where their code of ethics can be found in the Canons of Professional Conduct, another list of expectations of the membership on behalf of the society. The National Society of Professional Engineers also offers a code of ethics, one that has been implemented by states as a code of ethics for licensed engineers. In this case, the violation of the code can result in revocation of the engineer's professional license.
Date of Publication: April 2012