In addition to its stated mission and goals, the I-CAB Foundation strives to ensure the ethical use of its Functional Competency Assessment & Development tools by ensuring that participants receive accurate, clear, and supportive information about the participation in, and the meaning of, the competency assessment process and its subsequent results.
This allows individuals to proceed confidently in the assessment process, knowing that the sole intention of the assessment results is to support the ongoing development of their competence. When used with contracted organizations, ethical guidelines ensure that the capabilities of an entire organization are not judged (i.e. prequalified) based on a comparison or ranking with peer organizations. Only the ability to assess, maintain and develop the competency of personnel is pertinent when participating personnel and a work scope are not yet known.
Ethical use also prevents the abuse of competency metrics. Abuse includes using assessment results as an individual’s or an organization’s absolute competency instead of being viewed as a valuable metric in an overall competency management process.
Ensure that an individual’s assessment results are treated with the same discretion as other types of personal human resource information. Results should only be used for purposes that either support the individual’s personal development or leadership’s efforts to assemble work teams that align with operational needs.
The major objective of the I-CAB Foundation ethical allegation reviews is to examine submissions stating that an organization has breached the Ethical Use Policy of the I-CAB Foundation.
Upon receipt of a written submission of an Ethical Use Policy violation, the review of the submission will take place by the I-CAB Foundation Board or a review panel appointed by the Board.
The Board and/or panel will perform a review of the submission, request and review pertinent documentation, and then prepare a response to the submitter and the organization alleged to have violated the Ethical Use Policy.
All information obtained in the submission review process remains confidential from the general public, but will be shared between involved parties.
Utilizing organizations found to have violated the Ethical Use Policy will receive a notice of findings and have their access to internal personnel and external organizations’ competency data removed until remedial actions acceptable to the I-CAB Foundation Board are in place. Individual access to their own reports will remain unaffected by the removal of an organization’s reporting functions.
Notice to external organizations that an ethical use violation has been found and competency data access removed, will not be part of any planned communication. Notice would be provided if and when such restrictions affect other organizations’ access, integrity or functionality of their assessment data.
Data access is restored only after the utilizing organization provides notice and supporting documentation that the Ethical Use Policy violation has been rectified. Upon notice of remedial actions being complete, a copy of the remedial actions will be provided to the submitter of the original allegations and time for a response provided.
If the remedial actions of the utilizing organization are not acceptable to the submitter of the original allegation, their response and the documentation of remedial action will be reviewed by the Board/panel to determine if data access restrictions should continue. The process of restricting data access, communicating with both involved parties and reviewing submissions will continue until the Board/panel is satisfied or the submission is revoked.