What Is An Industry Code Of Practice And What Are The Aims Of Such Codes?


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A set of codes of practice will vary depending on the type of industry they have been written for. The aim of these codes is to ensure that all sectors of the industry abide to a set of rules to ensure that they run a fair and equal company. As well as setting strict rules that must be followed, these codes can also offer guidelines for the industry and its employees to adhere to. The codes may be based on real life experiences or to reflect the industry's regulations. Any one industry can have a long list of codes of practice that every employee will need to read through and sign to acknowledge. Each individual code of practise can contain hundreds of pages of information and have a number of rules and regulations within them that must be followed.

An example of an industry's codes of practice can be taken from the Human Tissue Authority. Their most recently revised guidelines are divided into nine categories that, in turn, are made up of an extent of rules and regulations. These categories are:
• Code of Practice 1 - Consent
• Code of Practice 2 - Donation of solid organs for transplantation
• Code of Practice 3 - Post-mortem examination
• Code of Practice 4 - Anatomical examination
• Code of Practice 5 - Disposal of human tissue
• Code of Practice 6 - Donation of allogeneic bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cells for transplantation
• Code of Practice 7 - Public display
• Code of Practice 8 - Import and export of human bodies, body parts and tissue
• Code of Practice 9 - Research

Codes of practice will be revised by any industry on a reasonably regular basis to ensure that they are kept up to date. The changes that are made are typically carried out because of experiences within the company or the industry as a whole.

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