Difference Between Ethics And Professional Ethics

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Professional ethics constitute a set of rules and behaviors which facilitate effective interaction on professional point of view. With respect to this, ethical rules are very much like laws which govern social interactions. Of course, ethical rules do not have the magnitude of the law. The disciplinary actions against unethical behavior are much less formal. Unethical behavior can lead to the loss of someone’s reputation for professional conduct. Ethics generally governs people or parties involved with something and have a common goal while law generally applies to the whole society even if you are not involved in a common objective. Below are some of points to compare and contrast between ethics and laws.
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To do this they have made a personal and professional mandate to better the societies through the use of their knowledge to make decisions which impact every society positively regardless of culture, religion or social background of every party involved.
There are fundamental principles that should guide an engineer in achieving the set goals of Professional life. These principles express the beliefs and values of the profession explained below. [1]
1. Accuracy and Rigour.

Professional Engineers/ Technicians / Technologist have a duty to ensure that they acquire and use wisely and faithfully the knowledge that is relevant to the engineering skills needed in their work in the service of others.
The responsible party should:-
• Always act with care and competence
• Perform services only in areas of current competence.
• Keep their knowledge and skills up to date and assist the development of engineering knowledge and skills in
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Failure to adhere to the codes the individual can face severe consequences ending up being fines or even losing his /her professional engineering certificate. Taking for instance South Africa the is the Engineering Council of south Africa (ECSA) which is a body for all active engineers in south Africa have to be registered to.
The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act (EPA), 46 of 2000. The ECSA's primary role is the regulation of the engineering profession in terms of this Act. Its core functions are the accreditation of engineering programmes, registration of persons as professionals in specified categories, and the regulation of the practice of registered persons. ECSA by its self has set of rules to which every registered engineer in South Africa has to adhere to; this applies not only to the South African engineers but to all engineers who are willing to work in South Africa irrespective of their origin or background. If you are a non-South African engineer but willing to work in South Africa it is mandatory for you to be registered with ECSA to ensure that you uphold to the South African engineers code of

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