Adhering to professional ethical conduct is a defining aspect for any IT professional. CEPIS is committed to developing a more consistent approach to ethics in the ICT profession. Since 2016 the expert group dedicated to professional ethics brings together experts from all around Europe.


SHERPA Project

Experts from the CEPIS Ethics group are actively contributing to the European Commission’s project “Shaping the ethical dimensions of information technologies – a European perspective” (SHERPA).

The aim of the project is to analyse the impact of Smart Information Systems (SIS) – artificial intelligence and big data – on ethics and human rights issues. The project also guides the ongoing debate, develops recommendations, and advocates them to ensure that SIS promote the public good.

The CEPIS Ethics group has contributed to this work through critical review of the 5 scenarios being developed by the project, through participation in stakeholder board meetings and ongoing dialogue, and by cooperating with the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) within the scope of the project.

SHERPA is a 3,5 year project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct

Adhering to professional ethical conduct is paramount to the maturation of an ICT Profession. The Ethics group is working on creating a repository of Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, and Codes of Practice of CEPIS member societies in order to engage in a long-term assessment of commonalities in the overarching aim of driving professionalism in ICT.

The group is also working on developing European Ethical Guidelines, in order to complete the European Framework for the ICT profession with an overarching metamodel on ethical principles.

Click on the flag/logo of the Member Society below to read their Codes (in the original languages).

BCS Code of Conduct

United Kingdom



ICS Code of Conduct




Código de Conducta Profesional de CEPIS*


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