Authorities for Assessment Centers: Laws, Regulations, Standards, Guidelines, Ethics by George Thornton

What sources do you consider authorities on ACs? Where do you get guidance about ACs?

 A number of authorities were discussed by a panel at the International Congress on Assessment Center Methods in Windsor England, 9 October 2018. The panel discussion was coordinated by George Thornton and Doug Reynolds.

 The Guidelines and Ethical Considerations for Assessment Centers, written and revised over the past 40 years by committees of AC experts, has provided guidance on all elements of the AC method. Over the years other sources of guidance have emerged including standards from professional associations, government regulations, legal statutes, and ethical principles.

 Panel members at the AC Congress included Kadek Tantiyana Putri, Daya Dimensi Indonesia. She described the role of ACs in Indonesian government, including a new law requiring all promotions in government to use the AC method. Doug Reynolds, DDI USA, described the General Data Protection Regulations in the European Union. Stated simply, the DDPR requires organizations to say what you will do with any AC data (and other personnel information); seek permission to do it; do what you said you will do; seek permission before doing anything else. Sandra Schlebusch, LEMASA, Pretoria, South Africa, described South African laws applicable to ACs, many of which are designed to overcome years of apartheid in that diverse country. Deon Meiring, University of Pretoria, went into more depth on South African regulations and related court cases dealing with AC practices. Helen Baron, UK described UK regulations on testing, especially how their AC standards comply with ISSO processes. Stefan Hoeft, Germany, described a program underway to compare and contrast country-specific AC guidelines around the world. He raised the challenging questions of whether it would be feasible and advisable to prepare a set of truly international guidelines or requirements for ACs.

The final panelist, Rodney Lowman, Alliant International University, California, described a collaborative effort with South African colleagues to prepare an Ethics Code for Assessment Centers. While many of the other authorities include sections on ethical practices, this is the first to assemble these and articulate them more clearly.