COUNCIL AGREED last week to condense the existing 16 ICE rules for professional conduct into six more concise statements.
Guidance notes will accompany the new rules with additional advice on ethical conduct.
The current rules were passed in 1963 and have been updated by the ICE ethics subcommittee.
'We decided that the current rules of professional conduct were outmoded and needed simplifying, ' said ICE professional conduct panel vice chair Gordon Masterton.
The six new rules have been approved in principle by the Engineering Council (ECUK) but will need formal endorsement before being published in October this year.
The new rules will be known as the Code of Professional Conduct. Guidance notes accompanying the new code will include some of the old rules. The old Rule 8 which covers the intent to injure another person will be included in guidance notes.
The Advice on Ethical Conduct will be a live document. It will contain information ranging from promoting the use of recycled materials, to being aware of the obligations of the Party Wall etc Act 1996.