1. Objectives of Code
The objective of the Code of Conduct is to promote the standard of professional conduct and self discipline required of Interior Designers in the interest of the public.
2. Compliance with Acts and rules.
- An Interior Designer shall prior to commencing an interior design consultancy practice submit to the Board the proposed name of the interior design consultancy practice to obtain the approval of the Board.
- An Interior Designer shall not establish a branch office unless it is operated in accordance with the guidelines or circulars issued by the Board.
- All letterheads shall list only the names of the sole proprietor, partners or directors with their respective qualifications and designation.
- An Interior Designer may be permitted to insert any announcements or felicitations in the press that are in accordance with the guidelines or circulars issued by the Board.
- An Interior Designer may use calling cards that shall contain accurate particulars concerning his qualification and designation.
- An Interior Designer may –
provided that all the statutory requirements in relation to signboards have been complied with and the signboard is in accordance with the guidelines or circulars issued by the Board.
- exhibit a signboard containing the name of his practice outside his office or branch offices, if any; or
- exhibit his name or the name of his practice on a signboard, where interior design consultancy services in respect of the project are currently being provided by him or his practice,
3. Faithful discharge of duties and obligations.
- An Interior Designer shall maintain a standard of service and competence in areas relevant to his work by continually upgrading his knowledge and skill.
- An Interior Designer shall ensure that his employees are competent and adequately supervised to perform the task to the standard normally expected and accepted by the profession, and shall not by misrepresentation, fraud or deceit undermine the confidence of persons dealing with the Interior Designer or his employees.
- An Interior Designer shall administer the interior design contract competently and responsibly and shall be impartial in any dispute that may arise between the client and the building contractor.
- An Interior Designer shall only undertake services where he can ensure that he possesses adequate knowledge, abilities and resources to fulfill his commitments to his client in every respect.
- An Interior Designer shall exercise a reasonable standard of skill and diligence normally expected and accepted by his profession in respect of but not limited to the following :
- all forms of certification;
- contract administration;
- site supervision; and
- compliance of statutory requirements.
- An Interior Designer shall prior to commencing services, notify the client in writing of the conditions of engagement, fees and charges, including the method of calculating the fees, in respect of the following :
and shall, within sixty days from the date the notification is duly served on the client, obtain the client’s agreement in writing regarding the conditions of engagement, fees and charges.
- scope of work;
- allocation of responsibilities;
- limitation of responsibilities, if any; and
- termination of services,
- Notwithstanding subparagraph (6), where the client’s agreement in writing is not obtained within the period as stipulated in subparagraph (6) but the client agrees by conduct to the conditions of engagement, fees and charges, the client shall for the purposes of subparagraph (6) be considered to have agreed to such conditions of engagement, fees and charges.
- An Interior Designer shall, in the course of providing his services ensure that he does not contravene all Acts and Regulations pertaining to the public safety.
- An Interior Designer shall not, while practising his profession, carry on or engage in any trade or business which is inconsistent with the fitting and proper discharge of his duties, and he must not hold, assume or consciously accept a position in such trade or business in which his interest is in conflict with his duty.
- An Interior Designer shall not endorse any material, component, services or product relating to the construction industry by the use of comparative statements.
- An Interior Designer shall not make misleading, deceptive or false statements or claims about his qualifications, experience or performance and shall accurately state the scope and nature of his responsibilities in connection with work for which he is claiming credit.
- An Interior Designer may publish or consent to the publication of -
provided that such illustration, article, circular, brochure, book or any other media of presentation of the project or subject is factual, relevant, not misleading or unfair to others.
- illustrations, articles or any other media of presentation of any project for which he has been responsible, whether individually or in collaboration with others; or
- any subject for which he, either individually or in collaboration with others, had written in the form of an article, circular, brochure, book or any other media of presentation,
- An Interior Designer may advertise his services by any public means, where such advertisement is in accordance with the guidelines or circulars issued by the Board.
- For all matters specified in subparagraphs (4) and (5), the publication or any other permitted advertisement of such matters shall not contain any comparative or superlative description of the Interior Designer or his practice.
- An Interior Designer may advertise for the invitation of tenders concerning a project, an appointment or the change of particulars of his practice, where such advertisement is in accordance with the guidelines or circulars issued by the Board.
- An Interior Designer may participate in a forum or be interviewed by the media in a manner not otherwise prohibited by this Code, where the object of such forum or interview is to promote interest in interior design, the profession or the built-environment.
- An Interior Designer shall observe the confidentiality of his client’s affairs and shall not disclose confidential information without the prior written consent of the client, unless ordered by the court or other lawful authority.
- An Interior Designer shall not give or offer remuneration or other inducements for the introduction of a client or work.
- An Interior Designer shall not accept any discount, gift, commission or any form of inducement from contractors, tradesmen or suppliers in connection with the works and duties entrusted to him and shall not permit his employees to receive such discount, gift, commission or inducement.
- An Interior Designer shall not permit the insertion of any clause in tenders, bills of quantities or other contract documents which provides for payments to be made to him by the contractor whatever may be the consideration, unless it is in accordance with guidelines or circulars issued by the Board and with the full knowledge of his client.
- An Interior Designer if appointed as a member of a governmental or statutory body with the power to approve development applications, shall, if he has any interest in such applications declare his interest and shall not take part in the decision making process of such development applications in which he or his practice is directly or indirectly involved.
- An Interior Designer shall not fail to disclose to his clients, owners or contractors significant circumstances known to him that could be construed as creating a conflict of interest and shall ensure that such conflict does not compromise legitimate interests of such persons or interfere with the Interior Designer’s duty to render impartial judgement of contract performance by others.
- The services of an Interior Designer who carries on business as an Interior Designer shall be remunerated solely by fees payable by his client.
- The services of an Interior Designer in employment shall be paid by salary and other benefits agreed with his employer, and he shall be debarred from any other source of remuneration in connection with such services rendered.
5. Respect for the legitimate rights and interests of others.
- An Interior Designer shall not attempt to supplant another person registered under this Act who has already been engaged by a client nor shall he compete with another person registered under this Act to secure a commission by a reduction of fees or otherwise.
- An Interior Designer being approached or instructed to proceed with work for which he knows or can ascertain by making reasonable enquiries that another person registered under this Act has been engaged shall, before proceeding with such work, communicate in writing with the person and obtain a letter of release from him or obtain such letter through his prospective client, provided that this requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Board.
- Nothing in this Code shall prohibit an Interior Designer who is a director of a registered corporation from receiving remuneration for services as a director.
- An Interior Designer shall at all times act honourably towards other persons registered under this Act.