|(a) In order to safeguard, life, health and property, to promote the public welfare, and to establish and maintain a high standard of integrity and practice, the rules relating to professional conduct in this title shall be binding on every person holding a license authorized to offer or perform engineering services in Texas. (b) License holders having knowledge of any alleged violation of the Act and/or board rules shall cooperate with the board in furnishing such information or assistance as may be required. (c) A license holder shall respond to the board in writing to all written requests for information regarding all inquiries under the jurisdiction of the board within 21 days of receipt or by the date specified in board correspondence. A license holder shall fully comply with final decisions and orders of the board. Failure to comply with these matters will constitute a separate offense of misconduct and will subject the license holder to any of the penalties provided under §1001.451(2), (3), or (4) and §1001.502 of the Act. (d) Any license holder who directly or indirectly enters into any contract, arrangement, plan, or scheme with any person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation or other business entity which in any manner results in a violation of §137.77 of this title (relating to Firm Registration Compliance) shall be subject to legal and disciplinary actions available to the board. Professional engineers shall perform or directly supervise the engineering work of any subordinates as characterized in §131.81(10) of this title (relating to Definitions). Under no circumstances shall engineers work in a part-time arrangement with a firm not otherwise in full compliance with §137.77 of this title in a manner that could enable such firm to offer or perform professional engineering services. (e) A licensed professional engineer may offer or perform engineering services on a full or part-time basis as a firm (including a sole practitioner) or other business entity if registered pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 135 of this title (relating to Firm Registration).
|Source Note: The provisions of this §137.51 adopted to be effective May 20, 2004, 29 TexReg 4878; amended to be effective September 4, 2006, 31 TexReg 7124; amended to be effective December 10, 2006, 31 TexReg 9833; amended to be effective December 21, 2008, 33 TexReg 10176; amended to be effective December 11, 2011, 36 TexReg 8376