The Chemist's Creed
As a Chemist, I Have a Responsibility:
to the public
to propagate a true understanding of chemical science, avoiding
premature, false, or exaggerated statements, to discourage enterprises
or practices inimical to the public interest or welfare, and to
share with other citizens a responsibility for the right and beneficent
use of scientific discoveries.
to my science
to search for its truths by use of the scientific method, and
to enrich it by my own contributions for the good of humanity.
to my profession
to uphold its dignity as a foremost branch of learning and practice,
to exchange ideas and information through its societies and publications,
to give generous recognition to the work of others, and to refrain
from undue advertising.
to my employer
to serve him undividedly and zealously in mutual interest, guarding
his concerns and dealing with them as I would my own.
to maintain my professional integrity as an individual, to strive
to keep abreast of my profession, to hold the highest ideals of
personal honor, and to live an active, well-rounded and useful
to my employees
to treat them as associates, being ever mindful of their physical
and mental well-being, giving them encouragement in their work,
as much freedom for personal development as is consistent with
the proper conduct of work, and compensating them fairly, both
financially and by acknowledgement of their scientific contributions.
to my students and associates
to be a fellow learner with them, to strive for clarity and directness
of approach, to exhibit patience and encouragement, and to lose
no opportunity for stimulating them to carry on the great tradition.
to my clients
to be a faithful and incorruptible agent, respecting confidence,
advising honesty, and charging fairly.
Approved by the Council of the American Chemical Society, September 14, 1965