Code of ethics and professional conduct


The IQ International Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is an important component of a broader effort to build the information/quality discipline on a solid and honorable foundation.

The need for the code is based on a belief that we are individually and collectively responsible for the image and reputation of the information/data quality discipline. As we set out to serve our organizations and society in general, the Code defines a high standard of professional excellence, highlights a set of desired behaviors, and provides a framework to guide day-to-day decision-making.

Because it makes explicit a set of expectations we are establishing for ourselves and for each other, we hope the Code serves as a catalyst for a dialogue about ethical issues in our discipline and that it encourages ethical decision-making and professional conduct by everyone engaged in information/data quality work.

Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

This Code applies to all IQ International members and to all individuals who hold or apply for the Information Quality Certified Professional (IQCP) credential. We hope it inspires and guides all others engaged in information/data quality work.

IQ International expects its members and IQCP credential holders to conduct themselves ethically and in a manner that enhances the profession. Specifically, members and IQCP credential holders are expected to observe the tenets set forth below.

  1. Honesty and Integrity
    1. Be clear, concise and truthful in all forms of shared information.
    2. Ensure your advertisements, research or other published materials supporting or promoting a theory, position, product or service are based on complete, accurate and factual information.
    3. Openly communicate corrections or clarifications in a timely and professional manner.
    4. Clearly and accurately represent your professional credentials and limitations in all employment and service engagements.
    5. Build a professional reputation based on the merit of services provided and achievements attained.


  2. Respect, Fairness, Confidentiality and Trust
    1. Proactively and fully disclose any potential conflicts of interest with the appropriate stakeholders.
    2. Abstain from opportunities where a conflict of interest cannot be mitigated.
    3. Give credit where credit is due. In particular, credit contributing parties in your published works.
    4. Respect and abide by copyrights, patents, trademarks and all the intellectual property rights held by others.
    5. Make your professional services and skills available on a fair and equitable basis.
    6. Vigorously protect all proprietary, private and confidential information entrusted to you.
    7. Promptly notify stakeholders of any intentional or inadvertent breach of confidentiality, privacy or misuse of proprietary information.


  3. Professional Growth
    1. Seek professional growth as an individual through ongoing education, practical experience, research and study.
    2. Support the growth of our professional community through ongoing advocacy, communication, collaboration, mentoring, publications or other shared contributions.
    3. Openly share non-proprietary knowledge, skills and experience with peers.
    4. Encourage and provide opportunities for the professional development of others.
    5. Strive to increase the prestige and competency of our profession through exemplary leadership and conduct.


  4. Community and Public Service
    1. Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public in the performance of your professional duties.
    2. Seek opportunities to volunteer professional information/data quality services for the public welfare and common good.
    3. Promote and encourage adherence to information/data quality best practices in all forms of communications that are intended to influence public opinion.
    4. Comply with all laws, regulations, statutes and policies that govern your business, work, professional activities or volunteer service.