Professional codes of ethics may differ in the specific language, yet there are similarities within the basic professional principles. Forensic scientists should not misrepresent themselves, their knowledge or experience, or their professional affiliation (whether a professional organization or an agency). They should remain current in the field, should be held to the highest professional standards, and should provide clear communication regarding their work. Codes of ethics are not foolproof, yet they are a tool that if properly supported and enforced help to lessen the gray area and govern behavior within the professional culture.
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