Participant Handbook updated April 2022

The Committee and CSBS staff will therefore remain impartial in all its dealings with applicants, supervisors, employees, or other personnel. To that end, the following principles have been established: • Certifications are only issued following a review by an authorized and competent member of the certification staff. • The Committee does not own or have any interest (financial or otherwise) in any other company that offers certification. • Any potential conflict of interest is required by the Committee to be declared using the form at Appendix Tab F. The Committee will use such a declaration to identify any possibility of partiality and will not allow the individual making the declaration to serve in any capacity unless it can be demonstrated that there is no conflict of interest. The assessment will be undertaken by an ad hoc working group assembled from the membership of the Committee. • All certification program staff will be reviewed annually to affirm their impartiality. • All parties involved in the certification process will not be pressured or influenced in any way to reach a particular conclusion regarding the result of a review and/or audit. Definition: A conflict of interest occurs whenever an individual has a direct or indirect interest, financial or otherwise, in the outcome of any matter concerning certification. A conflict of interest also occurs whenever an individual has a relationship with other parties to the certification matter such that the judgment of the individual may be affected. a. All members of the Committee, working groups, consultants, and certification staff are required to sign a disclosure statement of potential conflict of interest as defined in this statement. b. If a conflict of interest arises in connection with certification activities, the conflict should be disclosed to the other members of the Committee and the individual should abstain from voting on the matter at issue. c. No Committee member or CSBS certification staff may participate in any activity, either as a volunteer or for pay, in which there may be a conflict of interest with their activities or responsibilities related to ECP matters. Conflict of Interest, Confidentiality, and Non-Disclosure Statement 1. Conflict of Interest


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CSBS Examiner Certification Program Participant Handbook (4 th 3 rd ed.)

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