The following set of case studies are designed to illustrate how the global professional and ethical standards relate to real life situations. They also provide examples of how you might deal with an ethical issue should you be faced with one.

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Whilst it is likely that each ethical issue will be unique and will need to be assessed on its own merits, you can take certain steps and ask particular questions to ensure that you deal with potentially difficult situations in an objective and measured manner. The decision tree, downloadable below, provides step-by-step practical advice on how to deal with any ethical issue that you might face as a professional.

The individual professional and ethical standards that might apply to a particular situation may vary depending on the precise nature of the issue. For example, in certain cases all five standards might be relevant in some way to the matter that you are dealing with. However, in other situations only one or two standards may be relevant. This should not affect how seriously you take a situation or how you deal with an issue. It is important that any situation that may compromise any of the standards is thought through and dealt with in a clear and objective manner.  

The case studies presented will be updated on a regular basis. The majority of cases studies are based on real life situations. Some may be specific to certain countries and world regions and have been labelled accordingly.  

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