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Code of Ethics and Practice

 

Code of Ethics

Purpose:

To define ethical standards in regard to the practice of the Tibb under which persons entered into membership of the International Association of Natural Medicine (IANM) shall agree to be bound under Articles as follows:-

ARTICLES:

1. To uphold all laws and regulations of the country in which the practitioner may legally practice.

2. To maintain the high standards of professional conduct appropriate to membership of IANM

3. To observe the highest degree of integrity and responsibility in regard to the practice of Tibb.

4. To ensure by means of continuous update of information and training a level of competence consistent with the highest standards of the profession.

5. To respect the confidentiality of the patient

6. To exercise restraint in regard to the application of any treatment which might conceivably be to the detriment of the patient.

7. To provide and sustain, subject to competence, such emergency treatment as may be necessary until he/she can be assured that it will be given by another in due time.

8. To report all notifiable disease states according to applicable laws.

9 To do nothing to entice patients from the care of professional colleagues.

10 To maintain careful records of all patient contacts, interviews and treatments.

11. To refrain from all acts of criticisms which might conceivably bring a professional colleague or association into disrepute.

12. To abstain from any claim or statements misrepresenting the therapeutic benefits of Tibb.

13. To comply with the following Code of Practice.


CODE OF PRACTICE

1. Insurance

Practitioners must be professionally indemnified in respect of patient, public and product liabilities.

2. Premises

a)Treatment areas must be equipped to clinical standards.

b) Staff facilities and public areas (waiting rooms, hallways, stairs, toilets, etc.) must comply with current health and safety regulations.

3. Security

Practitioners must ensure that a patient’s confidential records are properly safeguarded and not accessible to third parties.

4. Referrals

Practitioners should observe the recognised form of patient referral.

5. Conduct

A practitioner of Tibb may not:

a) Address or refer to an assistant as ‘nurse’ unless the person referred to holds a nursing qualification in the country in which the practitioner is operating a clinic.

b) Undertake any physical examination of a presence of a parent or guardian, or other responsible adult

c) Conduct a genital examination of any patient without the presence of a chaperone, unless written consent has been given.

6. Advertising

Members shall be free to advertise their services and practices as they see fit subject to any such advertisement:

a) being legal, decent, honest and truthful and in accordance with the appropriate codes of practice

b) not being of a character that could be reasonably regarded as likely to bring the profession into disrepute

c) not being such as to abuse the trust of existing or potential patients or exploit their lack of knowledge

d) which does not offer treatment without the presence of the patient

7. Stationary and Nameplates

Professional letterheads should be of good quality and print Name plates on buildings and windows should be modest in size.

8. Qualifications

The display of designatory letters, certificates and diplomas on professional premises and stationary shall be restricted to those recognised by IANM.

9. Curricular Services

Members wishing to take part in the formal training of those studying Tibb, intending to lecture or wanting to participate in media activities; writing articles, contributing to television or radio programmes, may do so after consulting the president or the general secretary of the association

10. Discipline

The Executive Committee of IANM may, on investigation, de-register any member guilty of contravening the spirit or letter of the Association‘s Code of Ethics and/for Code of Practice or on the grounds of any other Act which the Executive Committee may consider to reflect adversely upon the good name and reputation of IANM.

In the case of an adjudged misdemeanour, the Executive Committee may substitute the punishment of de-registration with a period of suspension from membership and/or a fine.

All certificates, diplomas and items of property issued by IANM to a member during his life or membership, remains the property of INAM and on his de-registration shall e returned to returned to the Associations secretary.