IAACE - Code of Conduct
This code is designed to encourage responsibility and integrity in the practice of Integrative Health Services. It may form the basis of discussion in the event of a complaint against a member. Disregard or a breach of the Code of Conduct may lead to disciplinary measures including the exclusion from the association.
- Members should strive for excellence at all times exemplifying the high standards of professional behaviour and performance.
- Membership of the association does not constitute a qualification or license to practice. Members must be qualified professionals, in their own right, in order to deal with members of the general public.
- All practising members must have full up to date indemnity, malpractice and public liability insurance coverage for any therapies that are offered to the client.
- All practising members must be operating in accordance with the local laws and conventions in regard to the practice and teaching of an integrative health coach program or similar.
- Members must respect and actively support the integrity of the copyrights of existing materials and including training materials.
- Members are expected to maintain a level of continued professional and personal development (CPPD) in line with the association’s guidelines.
- Members must not claim or promise to cure physical or mental disease or illness unless they are medically qualified to do so.
- Members must not prescribe drugs or advise a client to discontinue medication unless specifically qualified to do so.
- Members should seek a good relationship and work in a cooperative manner with other health care professionals. They should recognized and respect their particular contribution to the client’s health care irrespective of whether they practice from an allopathic or complementary base.
Relationship to the client
- Members should conduct themselves in a honorable and courteous manner at all times with due diligence in their relationship with the client and the public.
- The client’s ideals and beliefs must be respected at all times and the practitioner should not attempt to impose his/her beliefs on the client irrespective of race, colour, creed, or sex.
- New clients must be asked if they have received medical advice and if they have not seen a doctor they must be advised to so. This advice must be recorded and signed by the client or their representative.
- When dealing with members of the opposite sex it is advisable to request the presence of a third party.
- In dealing with clients who are mentally unstable, addicted to drugs or alcohol, severely depressed suicidal or hallucinating members should not exceed their capacity training or competence. It is recommended that in treating such persons you are accompanied by another practitioner and where appropriate the member must seek referral to a more qualified person.
- Members must ensure that they keep comprehensive records of their coaching and any treatments. Bear in mind that under the Data Protection Act patients have the right to see their records.
- Members shall respect confidential information obtained in the course of professional practice except where disclosure is required by law.
- If a member wishes to publish in any form a case history or part of a case history this must be capable of authentication and the client’s written authority must be obtained.
- A clear statement of fees should be made before the commencement of any treatments.
Treatment of minors
- Members must adhere to the law as regards to the treatment of minors.
- Members should be aware that they are at risk of legal proceedings if they treat a child under the age of 16 without the prior consent from the child’s parent or guardian. Moreover as parental responsibility continues until the child reaches the age of 18 (or is married) members should still seek parental consent, in addition to the consent of the child, if the child is between the age of 16 and 18.
- It is a criminal offense for a parent or guardian not to seek “medical aid” for a child under the age of sixteen the member must advise the parent or guardian to seek “medical aid” and must secure a signed statement from a parent or guardian who refuses to seek medical aid as defined under the law in the following format:
Parental Agreement Form Sample
“I have been warned by [members name] that according to law I must consult a doctor concerning the health of my child [name of child]”
Signed [parent or guardian]
Signed by witness
- One of the requirements of the law is that any suspicion of child abuse be reported to “the authorities”. The choices are the Area Child Protection Committee in the member’s local authority area, Social services and the police. Members might also choose to pass the matter to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, who run a confidential helpline for anyone who is thinking about reporting child abuse.
I have read and understood the code of conduct and I agree to adhere to the code of conduct. Sign the Declaration. (link to be attached soon to signature signing document page)