The Code of Ethics for
Members of National Scientific Councils
Chapter 1. General regulations
1. The Code of Ethics of Members of National Scientific Councils (hereinafter referred to as the Code) establishes moral and ethical values, principles, norms and rules of moral and professional behavior that are mandatory for members of national scientific councils (hereinafter referred to as councils).
2. Members of the Board in carrying out activities must be guided by the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Science”, the resolutions of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan of May 16, 2011 No. 519 “On National Scientific Councils” and dated May 25, 2011 No. 575 “On approval of the Rules for base and program-targeted financing of scientific and (or) scientific-technical activity, as well as grant financing of scientific and (or) scientific and technical activities and the commercialization of scientific and (or) scientific-technical activity” and other regulatory legal acts.
3. This Code is intended to ensure transparency, publicity, objectivity and increase public confidence in the decisions taken by the members of the Councils by observing the following principles:
objectivity and independence;
Chapter 2. Objectivity, independence, impartiality
4. The objective basis for the conclusions, recommendations and conclusions of the members of the Councils can only be a sufficient amount of required information. Members of the councils should apply and present only reliable and verified facts.
5. In their professional activities, board members should objectively consider all situations and real facts that arise, should not depend on specific points of view, value judgments, community biases or personal interests, and should not allow personal bias or pressure from outside to affect the objectivity of their judgments.
6. When making a decision, a member of the council must be free from the commitment of one of the parties and fears of criticism of his/her activities.
7. A member of the council should strive to ensure that each member of the council treats him/her as an independent person seeking only to form a qualified and unbiased opinion.
8. A member of the Council should avoid relationships with persons who could affect the objectivity of his/her judgments and conclusions, or immediately terminate them, pointing out the inadmissibility of pressure on a member of the council in any form. And if such a fact is established, immediately notify the center of expertise and/or the authorized body in the field of science.
9. A member of the council must refuse to evaluate and vote on projects (programs) with their participation or the participation of affiliated persons.
10. A member of the council in any situation must preserve personal dignity, take care of his/her honor, avoid anything that could damage his/her reputation and call into question his objectivity and independence in making a decision.
11. A member of the Council, when exercising his/her powers, is obliged to be guided by the requirements of regulatory legal acts, this Code, to prevent any outside influence, to resist pressure and undue influence, direct or indirect interference in the decision-making process on the agenda of council meetings, from whomever they come.
12. A member of the Council is obliged to adhere to universal moral
rules and moral norms in his/her actions and decisions.
13. Mandatory conditions for the professional activity of a member of the Council are his/her integrity, honesty and disinterestedness.
14. A member of the Council should not pursue personal interests in his/her professional activity.
15. A member of the council is obliged to be impartial, not to allow anyone to influence his/her activities.
16. A member of the Council is obliged to prevent falsification and fabrication of data and materials, is obliged to perform his/her powers competently and in good faith, taking into account all issues necessary for timely and high-quality decision-making.
Chapter 3. Professional competence
17. A member of the Council is obliged to refuse professional actions that go beyond his/her professional competence, as well as those that do not correspond to his/her area of competence.
18. A member of the Council is obliged to conduct business with professional competence, efficiency and effectiveness, and strive for the highest level of professionalism.
19. A member of the Council may and is obliged to demand the provision of complete and objective information to him/her, preventing the concealment and falsification of data related to the resolution of issues within his/her competence.
20. A member of the Council is obliged to participate in all meetings of the Council, take part in voting on all issues on the agenda. Unjustified evasion of a member of the council from decision-making and voting is prohibited.
Chapter 4. Confidentiality
21. A member of the Council is obliged not to disseminate any information and information received by him/her during the performance of his/her duties, including commercial and official secrets.
22. A member of the Council is not entitled to make statements, including public ones, comments and speeches on the materials in his/her possession, is obliged not to allow or participate in public discussion or any assessment of his/her activities at the time of decision-making and consideration of issues on the agenda of council meetings.
23. A member of the Council must not use confidential information that has become known to him/her in his/her own interests, in the interests of third parties, as well as to the detriment of the interests of the right holders of information, the authorized body in the field of science and the center of expertise.
24. A member of the Council is obliged to exclude the influence of official interests, the interests of his/her employers and other persons with whom a member of the Council is in labor and other relations on his decision-making.
Chapter 5. Responsibility for accuracy, completeness and validity
25. A member of the Council assumes responsibility for ensuring the reliability, completeness and validity of the decisions taken.
26. A member of the Council must perform his/her professional duties in good faith and take all necessary measures for timely and high-quality consideration of materials.
27. A member of the Council is obliged to provide complete and truthful information, preventing concealment and falsification of data.
Chapter 6. Other standards of conduct
28. A member of the Council must take part in all meetings, except in cases when he/she cannot do so for good reasons.
29. A member of the council must follow the agendas formed by the center of expertise.
30. A member of the council, when exercising his/her powers, is obliged to adhere to an independent and impartial position, inform the center of expertise about any oral or written appeals received by him/her in connection with the consideration of a specific issue.
31. A member of the council should treat his/her colleagues with courtesy and adhere to the principles of morality, high standards of honesty, decency and justice. A member of the Council should not use expressions that detract from the honor, dignity or business reputation of other members of the council, applicants, scientific supervisors, experts.
32. A member of the Council must not discriminate against other members of the council, applicants, experts on linguistic, national, age, gender and other grounds.
33. A member of the Council should respect the opinions of other members of the council and should not react negatively to constructive criticism from their side on the issues under discussion.
7. Final clauses
34. This Code is a publicly available and public document and requires familiarization with it by the members of the councils approved by the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated July 12, 2011 No. 785 “On approval of the composition of National Scientific Councils”.
35. Violation by a member of the Council of the requirements of this Code is the basis for his/her exclusion from the council.