The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has published an industry code of conduct for unmanned aircraft system operations. It is based on safety, professionalism, and respect. This is a significant document, given the wave of safety-related so-called unmanned systems coming our way. It is short (a good thing) with a reasonable set of principles.
good many domains start with a set of principles as the basis for
assurance or regulation. The hard bit comes with working out the
detail. I am sure that the AUVSI does not propose to re-invent the
safety management wheel, but a number of schemes that have been
expensive to implement, do not seem to be getting too much of a good
press these days, so it would pay them to consider the detailed working
before committing too heavily to a form of implementation.
Links with other groups such as say the robotics community and its events might make sense.
my own point of view, it would be a delight to see the unmanned
platform community adopt process standards as a form of leadership
(process ownership drives process improvement) and assurance. Relevant
standards include ISO/IEC 15288, ISO TS 18152, ISO 15504 Part 10.