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AOP Code

Code of Professional Standards


Members of AOP voluntarily subscribe to a Code of Professional Standards that outlines the basic tenets of working from home and remote work altogether. The code was developed by online professionals and reviewed by members by the founding Board of Directors. Because the work-from-movement is growing and evolving, the Code also changes to meet the needs of AOP members and industry itself. This Code of Professional Standards for the Association of Online Professionals adopted by the AOP Board of Directors in its meeting on January 13, 1995 and has been updated on May 15, 2020.


  1. Members shall base their professional principles on the fundamental value and dignity of the individual, holding that the free exercise of human rights, including freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the protection of personal privacy, is essential to the communication process.
  2. Members shall conduct themselves professionally, with truth, accuracy, fairness and responsibility, in accord with the public interest and in such ways as may be required to safeguard the public trust and confidence in online communication systems.
  3. Members shall commit themselves to improvement of their individual competence and advance the knowledge and proficiency of the profession through continuing research and education.
  4. Members shall deal fairly with the public and with fellow professionals, giving due respect to the rights and legitimate interests of others.
  5. Members shall accord due respect to the law, practicing strict adherence to all laws, regulations and standards that govern their individual and professional practices.
  6. Members shall respect the rights of the owners of intellectual properties, including software authors, providing proper diligence and reasonable effort to prevent the infringement of copyrights, patents and other protections.
  7. Members shall not knowingly create, acquire, distribute or allow intentional distribution of materials that violate the legitimate use or integrity of the channels of electronic communication, online services, computer systems or their contents.
  8. Members shall not knowingly disseminate false or misleading information and shall act promptly to correct erroneous communications for which he or she is responsible, or which has originated from or resides on his or her system.
  9. Members shall use proper diligence to ensure that materials inappropriate for persons below the age of majority be clearly identified, and that online or electronic access to such materials be restricted in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and the tenets of reasonable precaution.
  10. Members shall, as soon as possible, sever relations with any organization or individual if such relationship requires conduct contrary to the articles of this Code.