No. S 234
Professional Engineers Act
(Chapter 253)
Professional Engineers (Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics) (Amendment) Rules 1999
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 36 of the Professional Engineers Act, the Professional Engineers Board, with the approval of the Minister for National Development, hereby makes the following Rules:
Citation and commencement
1.  These Rules may be cited as the Professional Engineers (Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics) (Amendment) Rules 1999 and shall come into operation on 1st June 1999.
Amendment of Schedule
2.  Part I of the Schedule to the Professional Engineers (Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics) Rules (R 3) is amended —
(a)by deleting the full-stop at the end of the definition of “Professional engineer” in paragraph 1 and substituting a semicolon, and by inserting immediately thereafter the following definition:
“ “publicity” means any form of advertisement and includes any advertisement —
(a)printed in any medium for the communication of information;
(b)appearing in, communicated through or retrievable from, any mass medium, electronic or otherwise including but not limited to the internet,
and its derivatives, and “publicise”, “publicised” and “publicising” shall be construed accordingly.”; and
(b)by deleting sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) of paragraph 2 and substituting the following sub-paragraphs:
(2)  A professional engineer may, subject to these Rules, publicise his practice or allow his employees or agents to do so.
(3)  A professional engineer shall not publicise his practice in a manner which —
(a)is likely to diminish public confidence in the engineering profession or to otherwise bring the profession into disrepute;
(b)may reasonably be regarded as being misleading, deceptive, inaccurate, false or unbefitting the dignity of the profession; or
(c)the Board may determine to be an undesirable manner of publicising his practice.
(3A)  For the purposes of these Rules, publicity shall be considered to be misleading, deceptive, inaccurate or false if it —
(a)contains a material mispresentation;
(b)omits to state a material fact;
(c)contains any information which cannot be verified; or
(d)is likely to create an unjustified expectation about the results that can be achieved by the professional engineer.
(3B)  In publicising his practice, a professional engineer shall ensure that —
(a)any claim to expertise or specialisation can be justified;
(b)the publicity does not make any direct or indirect mention of past projects in which, or clients for whom, the professional engineer or any of his firm or company had acted where the provision of such information will involve a breach of confidentiality owed to any client or former client; and
(c)the publicity does not make any comparison or criticism in relation to the quality of the services provided by any other professional engineer or allied professional.
(3C)  For the purpose of sub-paragraph (3B)(a), the following factors shall be taken into account in justifying any claim to expertise or specialisation:
(a)academic qualifications;
(d)personnel; and
(e)capacity to render service.”.

Made this 20th day of May 1999.

Professional Engineers Board,
[ND 202/1-36 Vol.5; AG/LEG/SL/253/98/1 Vol.1]
(To be presented to Parliament under section 36(3) of the Professional Engineers Act).