Scholarly Integrity

I Professional Code of Ethics

I found the professional code of ethics for International Food Technologists, as I am a master student in Food Science and Technology, who plan on stepping into the world of food science and becoming a food scientist.

“Consistent with global best practices for the development and maintenance of certification programs, those receiving their CFS designation will be asked to uphold a Professional Code of Ethics.  This will apply to all certificants and candidates, and establishes professional conduct standards and minimal ethical behavior requirements. Certificants and candidates shall:

  • Perform your duties with objectivity, due diligence, and professional care.
  • Strive for continuous learning and comply with recertification requirements.
  • Be truthful, accurate, and complete with all information provided as part of the certification and recertification process.
  • Maintain confidentiality and security of certification examination information and materials.
  • Cooperate with International Food Science Certification Commission concerning ethics inquiries.
  • Report personal conduct that may violate this Code of Ethics to the International Food Science Certification Commission in a timely manner.
  • Use credentials properly.
  • Comply with applicable laws, policies, ethical, and professional standards related to the global food system.
  • Provide truthful and accurate information about your professional experiences and competency.
  • Maintain confidentiality when necessary and appropriate unless disclosure is required by legal authority or failure to release such information would likely result in death or serious physical harm to employees and/or the public.
  • Avoid and disclose any actual or perceived conflict of interest or any appearance of impropriety to ensure that it does not compromise your interests or the interests of an employer, employee, or the public.
  • Avoid engaging in any examination preparation-related activity or any other activity which creates a conflict of interest or the appearance of conflict of interest with the examination for a period of three (3) years after taking the examination.
  • Avoid offering or accepting payments, gifts, or other forms of compensation or benefits intended to influence professional decisions.”

Copied from http://www.ift.org/certification/forcandidates/code-of-ethics.aspx

On the ORI scholarly integrity website (http://ori.hhs.gov/), I found one research misconducting case about Dr. Xiao Dong, who was a research assistant professor in Department of Urology at University of Pittsburgh. He falsified research data in the research project supported by National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), and published the fabricated data. This is a serious and unethical misconduct, and he received notice from ORI and entered a 3-year Voluntary Settlement Agreement with limited research conduct.

His misconduct ruined the trust in his research, and should never happen again on a scientist. It is our duty to report true and subjective data as a researcher. Any misconduct deserve harsh punishment.