The following are the code of ethics and standards of professional conduct standards to be maintained, supported, and defended by those individuals who are candidates for or holders of credentials as conferred by the ISPE Professional Certification Commission (ISPE-PCC). The purpose of this code and standards is to promote professional good conduct and industry best practice.
Periodically the ISPE-PCC may make amendments to this code and standards. Certificants and candidates are obliged to familiarize themselves with and adopt the amendments as they are published.
The pharmaceutical industry and the products it produces have a vital and direct impact on the quality of life for all people globally. High ethical standards are critical to maintaining the consumer’s trust.
Accordingly, pharmaceutical industry professionals involved in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of these products must exhibit the highest standards of honesty, integrity and competency and sustain the prestige, honor and reputation of the pharmaceutical profession as demonstrated in accordance with standards of professional behavior. All ISPE-PCC credential holders must abide by the ISPE-PCC Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and are encouraged to inform their employer of these responsibilities. Violations may result in disciplinary actions by the ISPE-PCC. These actions can include revocation of a credential, denial of candidacy for ISPE-PCC conferred credentials, and the right to use credential designations.
The Code of Ethics is a set of principles that defines the professional conduct ISPE-PCC expects from its certificants and candidates. The Code of Ethics works together with the Standards of Professional Conduct which provides guidance for certificants and candidates regarding ethical and fair professional practices. The Certificants and candidates shall:
The ISPE-PCC may investigate and/or sanction certificants or candidates for professional misconduct or failure to adhere to the ISPE-PCC Code of Ethics or Standards of Professional Conduct. Sanctions may include revocation of a credential, denial of candidacy for ISPE-PCC conferred credentials, and/or the right to use credential designations.
CPIP certified professionals are expected to conduct themselves in a highly ethical manner. The ISPE-PCC recognizes its responsibility to maintain the integrity of the certification program. For the sake of protecting the integrity of the credential, the ISPE-PCC accepts that action may need to be taken against a certificant upon receipt, investigation, and finding of violation(s) of ethics and/or the Standards of Professional Conduct “Standards”.
This procedure describes the steps to be taken for filing complaints. By publishing this procedure, the ISPE-PCC does not expect, invite, solicit or encourage complaints. The use of these procedures is for the sole purpose of protecting the reputation of the certification program, the profession, and assuring a fair investigation of complaints. All complaints, therefore, must stipulate an alleged violation of the published ethics and/or Standards.
Sam DeMarco, CPIP, President Compliance Team Inc, United States
"I believe that the credential has made me more confident and I feel that my clients engage me in more philosophical discussions on pharmaceutical industry subject matter. I get the sense that my clients 'listen' to me in a more serious 'in tune' way."
Marc Fleischman, CPIP, Facility and Verification Engineer, Genzyme, a Sanofi Company
"I chose to pursue the CPIP certification as a way to learn new phases of the industry and to codify my existing knowledge. As I prepared and studied for the exam, I was challenged to develop a broader understanding of many industry concepts that I had not been routinely exposed to. The experience has left me with a deep understanding of GMP regulation and broad industry knowledge across the entire bio/pharm lifecycle."