The International Association for Identification

Codes of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

The ethical and professionally responsible International Association for

Identification (IAI) member or certificant


  • 1.01. Is unbiased, and objective, approaching all assignments and examinations with due diligence and an open mind.
  • 1.02. Conducts full and fair examinations in which conclusions are based on the evidence and reference material relevant to the evidence, not on extraneous information, political pressure, or other outside influences.
  • 1.03. Is aware of his or her limitations and only renders conclusions that are within his or her area of expertise and about matter for which he or she has given careful consideration.
  • 1.04. Truthfully communicates with all parties (i.e., the investigator, prosecutor, defense, and other expert witnesses) about information related to his or her analysis, when communications are permitted by law and agency practice.
  • 1.05. Maintains confidentiality of restricted information obtained in the course of professional endeavors.
  • 1.06. Reports to appropriate officials any conflicts between his or her ethical/professional responsibilities and applicable agency policy, law, regulation, or other legal authority.
  • 1.07. Does not accept or participate in any case in which he or she has any personal interest or the appearance of such an interest and shall not be compensated based upon the results of the proceeding.
  • 1.08. Conducts oneself personally and professionally within the laws of his or her respective jurisdiction and in a manner that does not violate public trust.
  • 1.09. Reports to the appropriate legal or administrative authorities unethical, illegal, or scientifically questionable conduct of other practitioners of which he or she has knowledge.
  • 1.10. Does not knowingly make, promote, or tolerate false accusations of a professional or criminal nature.
  • 1.11. Supports sound scientific techniques and practices and does not use his or her position to pressure a practitioner to arrive at conclusions or results that are not supported by reliable scientific data.
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