Code of Ethics
The necessity and desirability of establishing a legal status for
chemical professionals has been apparent to Nova Scotia chemists for
some time. A mini-survey of those practicing chemistry demonstrated
definite support for the formation of a Professional Association.
Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have Professional Associations for
chemists in their provinces. In Alberta, the biologists, agrologists and
several other such professions have been accorded legal status as
provinces have associations for a number of professions that commonly
require Professional Certification in order to practice.
In Nova Scotia, as an example, the geo-scientists have been
accorded similar privileges.
While the nature of federal legislation precludes
a national organization operating under a Dominion Charter from
possessing legal recognition in provincial matters, the Province can
endow upon an organization such attributes.
For this reason, the NSCS was registered as a Society under the
Societies Act. This was accomplished in 2004 as the first step toward
Professional registration. The intent is that, once the membership is
established at sufficient numbers and with adequate funding, it will be
possible to move forward to Professional Registration under the Nova
Scotia Legislation. It is the goal of the Society to accomplish this in 2006 (with
the passing of a Professional Chemists Act).
The purpose (objectives) of the Society
To ensure an increasing level of service to industry, government,
and the public by the profession;
To ensure and maintain high standards of competence,
integrity and ethics within the profession;
To develop further an appreciation of the profession
among other professions, industries, government and the public;
To enhance the image of the chemical sciences with all
sectors of the public;
improve the conditions under which members of the profession are
working within the province;
promote among students a recognition of the importance of the study
of chemical sciences and encourage their interest in chemistry as a
promote and increase the knowledge, skill, and proficiency of its
members in all things relating to chemical sciences;
improve the standards of excellence in research, investigation,
education, and publicity as they pertain to the profession;
instil as sense of pride and professionalism in its members;
do any other thing that the Society reasonably considers will
further its goals and objectives.