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Members of the National Association of Programmers (NAP) have pledged to honor and abide by the Professional Code of Ethics (the "Code") to ensure the public of high standards in all dealings with NAP Members. NAP seeks to enforce the Code through an Ethics Committee consisting of members of NAP which considers alleged violations and renders Sanctions, including suspension and/or expulsion from NAP. The Code reflects the dedication of the Members of NAP to maintain the highest level of ethics and responsibility in their relationship with the public, employers and customers.
NAP Members shall maintain and enforce high standards of ethical professional conduct making Membership in NAP a recognized mark of experience, integrity and competence.
NAP Members shall conduct business in a manner which brings credit to and enhances the reputation of the industry, and to publicize products and services in a professional manner, avoiding all conduct, practices and promotions likely to discredit the industry. NAP Members shall make every attempt to broaden public understanding and enhance confidence in our industry so that employers and clients will be encouraged to use Member products and services as their primary resource.
NAP Members shall regard as confidential all information concerning the business and affairs of the employer or client and shall not divulge any confidential information without the consent of the employer or client. NAP Members shall safeguard any confidential information or documents entrusted to them.
NAP Members shall install and use only properly licensed software on their systems as well as the employer or clients' systems.
NAP Members shall divulge any potential conflicts of interest prior to accepting a project or as soon as possible after the conflict is discovered.
NAP Members shall ensure that to the best of their knowledge they can complete the project in a professional manner both in terms of skill and time and to conclude the project in a competent and professional manner once the parties have agreed to complete a specific project. Nap Members shall keep the client informed of any matters relating to the project even if the information is unfavorable or may jeopardize the project.
NAP Members shall not engage in contracts that are in violation of the law or that might reasonably be used by the employer or client to violate the law.
NAP Members shall, to the extent possible, utilize the products and services of other NAP Members as a primary resource.
NAP Members shall respond to any complaint alleging violation of the Code and participate in all proceedings prescribed by the NAP Ethics Committee.
NAP Members shall periodically review this Code to maintain compliance and to incorporate any new amendments hereto.
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