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Code of Conduct for Registered Natural Scientists in Force

April 17, 2019

South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions

17 April 2019

A Code of Conduct for Registered Natural Scientists is in place.

The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) published the Code in Government Gazette 42391.

Some of the prescripts outlined in the Code include serving and protecting the public and the environment from malpractice in matters involving the rendering of natural scientific services in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, standards and guiding principles; discharging duties in compliance with applicable ethical principles, relevant legislation and standards in the field of practice; upholding the dignity, standing and reputation of the natural scientific professions; disclosing conflicts of interest to employers and clients; refraining from advertising professional services in a manner that may be misleading or in a manner that is derogatory of the dignity of the profession; giving due recognition when using the work of others, including associates, in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, standards and guiding principles and complying with the applicable SACNASP Council rules and enforcement procedures published in accordance with relevant fields of practice.

The Code came into effect on 1 April 2019.

Meanwhile, the science and technology department has announced that South Africa and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have signed a host government accord to set up an affiliate centre of the WEF’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre (C4IR).

In a statement, the department pointed out that the WEF established the C4IR in San Francisco in March 2017 as a “hub for global, multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate the benefits of science and technology”.

Affiliate centres are designed to focus on local issues while simultaneously contributing to the “overall research and thought leadership processes of the C4IR Network”.

The plan is to set up the local affiliate centre in September 2019 as a public-private partnership based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

According to the CEO of the CSIR, Dr Thulani Dlamini, its focus areas for 4IR include “applying technologies for improved service delivery, training the future workforce, and developing and implementing scalable FIR infrastructure”.