Pennsylvania-licensed Professional Geologists are required to adhere to a Code of Ethics defined in Section 4(g) of PA Act 151 of 1992. It is imperative that all Professional Geologists practice geology and conduct their business activities in accordance with the Code of Ethics, and it is equally imperative that Professional Geologists self-police to uphold and maintain the integrity of the profession and PG license.
Violation of the Code can result in suspension or revocation of the PG license, pending investigation and majority vote by the State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. If a PG license is revoked by the Board, there is a minimum period of five years before the full application process can be again completed for licensing.
Code of Ethics - Section 4(g) of PA Act 151 of 1992:
It shall be considered unprofessional and inconsistent with honorable and dignified bearing for any professional geologist:
(1) To act for his/her client or employer in professional matters otherwise than as a faithful agent or trustee, or to accept any remuneration other than his stated recompense for services rendered.
(2) To attempt to injure falsely or maliciously, directly or indirectly, the professional reputation, prospects or business of anyone.
(3) To attempt to supplant another geologist after definite steps have been taken toward his employment.
(4) To compete with another geologist for employment by the use of unethical practices.
(5) To review the work of another geologist for the same client, except with the knowledge of such geologist, or unless the connection of such geologist with the work has terminated.
(6) To attempt to obtain or render technical services or assistance without fair and just compensation commensurate with the services rendered. Provided, however, the donation of such services to a civic, charitable, religious or eleemosynary organization shall not be deemed a violation.
(7) To advertise in self-laudatory language, or in any other manner, derogatory to the dignity of the profession.
(8) To attempt to practice in any field geology in which the registrant is not proficient.
(9) To use or permit the use of his/her professional seal on work over which he/she was not in responsible charge.
(10) To aid or abet any person in the practice of geology not in accordance with the provision of this act or prior laws.