STANDARDS OF PRACTICE

Standards of Practice

Professional members of the National Association for Moisture Management perform a variety of extremely important tasks to protect the general public. Whether they are performing moisture management evaluations or mold remediation of residential/multi-family properties and commercial facilities, their results will have a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. As members of this Association, they are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. The services provided by our professional members require honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Our professionals must adhere to the highest principles of ethical conduct.

I. In General:

 

Our members, in fulfilling their professional duties, shall:

  • Insure that the safety, health, and welfare of the public are their first priority.
  • Only perform those services in which they are competent and have received certification by this association.
  • Not disclose, without consent, confidential information concerning a project or report without the prior consent of the client, except as authorized or required by law.
  • Avoid deceptive acts or dishonorable behavior.
  • Conduct themselves responsibly, ethically, and lawfully so as to enhance the profession and this association.

 

II. Rules of Practice

 

  • Professional members shall make the safety, health, and welfare of the public their primary consideration.
    • Members shall not reveal facts, data, or information without the prior consent of the client or employer except as authorized or required by law.
    • Members shall not permit the use of their name or associate in business ventures with any person or firm that they believe is engaged in fraudulent or dishonest enterprise.
    • Members shall not aid or abet unlawful practices
  • Professional members shall perform services only in the areas of their competence.
  • Professional members shall issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.
    • Members shall be objective and truthful in professional reports, statements, or testimony.
    • Members shall issue no statements, criticisms, or arguments on technical matters that are inspired or paid for by interested parties.
  • Professional members shall honor the agent relationship with their clients
    • Members shall disclose all known or potential conflicts of interest that could influence or appear to influence their judgment or the quality of their services.
    • Members shall not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one party for services on the same project, or for services pertaining to the same project, unless the circumstances are fully disclosed and agreed to by all interested parties.
    • Members shall not solicit or accept financial or other valuable consideration, directly or indirectly, from outside agents in connection with the work for which they are responsible.
  • Professional members shall avoid deceptive acts.
    • Members shall not falsify their qualifications or permit misrepresentation of their or their associates’ qualifications. They shall not misrepresent or exaggerate their responsibility in or for the subject matter of prior employment. Brochures or other presentations incident to the solicitation of employment shall not misrepresent pertinent facts concerning employers, associates, joint ventures, or past employment.
    • Members shall not offer, give, solicit, or receive, either directly or indirectly, any contribution to influence the award of a contract by public authority, or which may be reasonably construed by the public as having the effect or intent of influencing the awarding of a contract.

 

III. Professional Obligations

 

  • Professional members shall at all times strive to serve the public interest.
    • Members are encouraged to participate in civic affairs; career guidance for youths; and work for the advancement of the safety, health, and well-being of their community.
    • Inspectors are encouraged to extend public knowledge about moisture management.
  • Professional members shall not be influenced in their professional duties by conflicting interests.
    • Members shall not accept financial or other considerations from suppliers for specifying their product.
    • Members shall not accept commissions or allowances, directly or indirectly, from contractors or other parties dealing with clients or employers of the member in connection with work for which the member is responsible.
  • Professional members shall not attempt to obtain employment or advancement or professional engagements by untruthfully criticizing other Inspectors, or by other improper or questionable methods.
  • Professional members shall not attempt to injure, maliciously or falsely, directly or indirectly, the professional reputation, prospects, practice, or employment of other Inspectors. Inspectors who believe others are guilty of unethical or illegal practice shall present such information to the proper authority for action.
  • Professional members shall continue their professional development throughout their careers and should keep current by participating in continuing education courses, reading in the technical literature, and attending professional meetings and seminars.