NWSA's Ethics and Discipline Committee is responsible for establishing and implementing standards of conduct, such as ethical standards, as well as policies and procedures for disciplinary action.
Grounds for sanctions, including revocation of certification status, shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Period of certification exceeded without renewal.
- Evidence of falsification of any information on any documents submitted to NWSA or its agents.
- Evidence of culpability in an accident during certification period.
- Evidence of non-compliance with the Code of Ethics.
In general, NWSA's Ethics and Discipline Committee considers matters as presented and/or recommended by NWSA Staff, which is empowered to issue temporary suspensions and take other interim action pending action and/or decision by the Ethics and Discipline Committee. If a certificant fails to request a hearing before the Ethics and Discipline Committee, after reasonable notice, NWSA Staff’s recommendations to the Committee shall assume full force and effect.
As set forth in NWSA’s Appeals Policy and Procedures, NWSA has established policies and procedures by which certificants may appeal decisions by the Ethics and Discipline Committee to the Board of Directors. Certificants who wish to appeal a decision by the Committee, including revocation, must do so in writing, stating the grounds for the appeal. This should be addressed to:
NWSA Board of Directors
c/o Executive Director
National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA)
2750 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 505
Fairfax, VA 22031
In addition, as set forth in NWSA’s Code of Ethics Complaint Procedures, NWSA has established policies and procedures to fairly and consistently address complaints of alleged violations of the Code of Ethics. These procedures have been designed to ensure that only valid and actionable complaints are investigated and considered, and that actionable complaints are fairly and reasonably investigated and determined.
For purposes of applying NWSA's Disciplinary Policy, NWSA’s Code of Ethics Complaint Procedures, and NWSA’s Appeals Policy and Procedures, prospective certificants (i.e., those who have applied or registered for certification), and those holding themselves out as certificants, shall be treated in the same way as certificants.
Furthermore, all participants in NWSA's certification programs – including test site coordinators, practical examiners and auditors – are held to very high standards of conduct, including ethical standards. NWSA's Disciplinary Policy, NWSA’s Code of Ethics Complaint Procedures, and NWSA’s Appeals Policy and Procedures are also applicable to such participants; provided, however, that any appeals must be made, not to the Ethics and Discipline Committee, but as set forth in the NWSA Decision Appeals Process Chart.