The current Code of Professional Conduct became effective on Oct 2017.
1. A Member must not:
(a) purport to represent the views of AuSPICA unless expressly authorised to do so;
(b) reflect adversely on the professional integrity of AuSPICA or its Members.
2. A Member must not maliciously or carelessly do anything to injure, directly or indirectly, the reputation, prospects or business of other Members. As such, Members of AuSPICA shall not intentionally act so as to cause reputational damage to the AuSPICA certification Scheme.
3. All certified seed producers that are members of AuSPICA abide by the Conditions of AuSPICA seed Scheme http:www.auspica.org.au/services/seed-potato-certification/
4. Members shall not misinform, or otherwise mislead the Authority or buyers of certified seed potatoes. In so doing, a Member of AuSPICA must always supply the authority with accurate and honest information relating to seed potato production, cropping histories and other relevant data which is used to conduct seed certification.
5. Members shall not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, or religion
6. Members shall ensure that the financial accounts with AuSPICA are paid within AuSPICA’s terms of payment unless other arrangements have been made prior to service provision by AuSPICA. Failure comply will result in refusal of all services from AuSPICA and if not resolved will be referred to a professional debt collector. (see terms of payment AuSPICA website https://www.auspica.org.au/about/policies/terms/)
7. Members AuSPICA will be compliant with Plant Breeder Rights were appropriate. AuSPICA reserves the right to notify of breaches of PBR, either perceived or actual.
8. AuSPICA Members shall comply with all interstate trade conditions and policies that relate to the trade and movement of seed potatoes. This will include, if relevant, conditions relating to the rules surrounding plant protection districts and pest control areas. AuSPICA reserves the right to notify of breaches of biosecurity policies, either perceived or actual.
9. A Member of AuSPICA must not include false or misleading claims relating to the supply of certified seed potatoes. As such, members should make all attempts to ensure the integrity and traceability of the certified seed produced is upheld. Any discrepancies should be immediately notified to AuSPICA
10. Members shall provide a safe environment for AuSPICA employees to conduct certification services
11. A Member must not directly or indirectly exert undue pressure or influence on any persons, whether by the offer or provision of any payment gift or favour or otherwise, for the purpose of securing the certification of seed potatoes or other services.
Version 2.0 2017