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Ethical guidelines

Accepted by the Annual Meeting November 17th, 2000

 

  1. Physicists should use their knowledge, experience and judgement for the good of mankind. This applies in relation to patients, employer and colleagues.
  2. Physicists will maintain their knowledge base and continually strive to develop it. In order to improve patient care they should share their experience and knowledge with their colleagues. They must be aware of their own limitations and if necessary seek help or advice.
  3. Physicists will respect patients’ privacy and maintain patient confidentiality.
  4. Physicists must be honest and sincere in their relations towards employees, patients and relatives.
  5. Physicists should deal with people in a respectful manner, irrespective of sex, race, religion, personality, social or economic status, personal characteristics or the nature of their health problems.
  6. Physicists will take the responsibility to report unethical conduct and illegal practice of their profession to the appropriate authorities.
  7. Physicists will to the best of their abilities contribute to the general public and authorities receiving relevant information on areas which are affected by Medical Physics. They have the responsibility to prevent the public from receiving incorrect information and wrong impressions.
  8. Physicists will work to prevent everyone from unnecessary irradiation.
  9. Physicists must make the necessary arrangements for Quality Assurance within their work.
  10. Physicists will only use investigations and treatments methods which are evidence based and will not accept methods which break this principle.