Individual shall honour their responsibility to hold paramount the welfare of persons they serve professionally.
Rules of Ethics
- Individuals shall provide all services competently.
- Individuals shall use every resource, including referral when appropriate, to ensure that high quality service is provided.
- Individuals shall not discriminate in the delivery of professional services on the basis of the race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Individuals shall not fully inform the persons they serve of the nature and possible effects of services rendered and products dispensed.
- Individuals shall evaluate the effectiveness of services rendered and of the products dispensed and shall provide services or dispense products only when benefit can reasonably be expected.
- Individuals shall not guarantee the results of any treatment or procedure, directly or by implications; however, they make a reasonable statement of prognosis.
- Individuals shall not evaluate or treat speech, language, of hearing disorders solely by correspondense.
- Individuals shall maintain adequate records of professional services rendered and products dispensed and shall allow access to these records when appropriately authorized.
- Individuals shall not reveal, without authorization, any professional or interpersonal information about the person served professionally, unless required by law to do so, or unless doing so is necessary to protect the welfare of the person or community.
- Individuals shall not charge for services not rendered, nor shall they misrepresent*, in any fashion, services rendered or products dispensed.
*For the purpose of this Code of Ethics, misrepresentation includes any untrue statements or statements that are likely to mislead. Misrepresentation also includes the failure to state any information that is material and that ought, in fairness, to be considered.
- Individuals shall use persons in research or as subjects of teaching demonstration only with their informed consent.
- Individuals shall withdraw from professional practice when substance abuse or an emotional or mental ability may adversely affect the quality of services rendered.