3.1 INCOMPATIBLE OFFICES AND FUNCTIONS
3.1.1 The use of a member’s name, practice or status as an osteopath for any commercial purpose other than for the practise of osteopathy is incompatible with the practise of osteopathy by a member of the Society.
3.2 DEROGATORY ACTS
3.2.1 It is derogatory to the dignity of the practise of osteopathy for a member of the Society to do so:
a) to guarantee, directly or indirectly, expressly or implicitly, the cure of any disease or pathology.
b) to use their osteopathic knowledge outside their field of professional competence.
c) to perform osteopathic acts contrary to generally accepted osteopathic principles.
d) to refuse or to neglect, without justification, to respond to the Society’s requests.
e) within a reasonable time, not to inform the Society of a perceived ethical breach committed by a peer.
f) to communicate with the plaintiff, without the prior written permission of the Society, when the member is informed of a complaint of conduct or competency, or when served with a written complaint.
g) not to immediately inform the Society once aware of any impediment to the admission of a candidate to the Society.
h) to express publicly and without justification, directly or indirectly, reservations or criticisms concerning osteopathy and its practise.
i) to use, practise, transmit or communicate terms, techniques, approaches, evaluation methods and/or therapeutic intervention methods, specific to osteopathy, under other titles or designations, or to omit to mention their osteopathic origin.
3.3 OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE
3.3.1 The member of the Society must practise in accordance with generally accepted osteopathic standards. To this end, it is recommended to maintain and improve one’s knowledge, and a minimum of thirty (30) hours of training must be undergone every two years, with an educational institution duly recognized by the Society.
3.3.2 The member of the Society must perform their therapeutic intervention with the greatest of care, using the most appropriate methods.
3.3.3 The member of the Society shall, to the extent possible, ensure that the patient receives the best, most appropriate therapeutic intervention. If it is not feasible for the member to adequately do so alone, the member must seek the collaboration of peers, or must refer the patient to another practitioner, or group of caregivers, who can provide such an intervention.
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3.3.4 The member of the Society must exercise extreme caution when s/he considers it beneficial for the patient to receive means of evaluation and/or intervention that are not widely understood and/or not proven by osteopathy and/or not recognized by other healthcare providers.
3.3.5 A member of the Society shall refrain from practising under circumstances or conditions that may compromise the quality of the services, the quality of practise.
3.3.6 The member of the Society shall only perform a therapeutic intervention if it is necessary for the wellbeing and/or condition of the patient.
3.3.7 The member of the Society must refuse to cooperate or to participate in any therapeutic intervention that would infringe on a patient’s health or wellbeing.
3.3.8 The member of the Society shall ensure that the patient and/or their representative, or persons whose consent may be required by law, have received any necessary explanations regarding the nature, purpose and possible consequences of the therapeutic assessment or intervention to be performed by the member of the Society.
3.3.9 Before undertaking a therapeutic assessment or intervention, the member of the Society must obtain from the patient and/or their representative, or persons authorized by law, an unsolicited and well-informed authorization.
3.3.10 The member of the Society assessing a patient shall:
a) inform the patient of the purpose of the clinical intervention, and of any inherent risk.
b) refrain from obtaining and/or making any disclosure or interpretation not relevant to the intervention.
c) refrain, unless there is just cause, from emitting any word or gesture likely to diminish the patient’s trust in the therapist, and/or in the work done by the therapist, and/or in the science of osteopathy.
d) if relevant, provide a report to any healthcare professional requesting an evaluation of the therapeutic intervention, unless the patient expressly disagrees.
3.3.11 In the course of osteopathic practice, the member of the Society may not entrust a person who is not a member of the Society with the performance of any acts that fall within the scope of osteopathic practice.
3.3.12 Under no circumstances may the member of the Society use the name and/or the practise of osteopathy for purposes other than for those of osteopathy, a clinical intervention distinct from other types of physical or psychosomatic approaches.
3.3.13 The member of the Society must, to the extent of their abilities, assist in the development and promotion of osteopathy, by exchanging knowledge and experiences with peers and students in training, via participation in courses, academic conferences, continuing education and/or symposiums.
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3.4 PEER RELATIONSHIPS
3.4.1 The member of the Society who is faced with doubt regarding a clinical evaluation or therapeutic intervention must not hesitate to consult a peer.
3.4.2 The member of the Society must agree to grant priority to, and to use every possible means to respond adequately, within a reasonable period of time, to the request of a peer.
3.4.3 The member of the Society shall provide a peer with any and all information deemed relevant to a given patient’s health and wellbeing, while still taking into account the rules of professional confidentiality.
3.4.4 The member of the Society shall, upon a peer’s request for consultation, promptly provide the results of the consultation with the patient, and information on any recommendations deemed necessary.
3.4.5 The member of the Society, when consulted by a peer, may not take over the patient’s care without the authorization of the initial therapist and the patient.
3.4.6 However, the member of the Society, consulted by a peer, may provide care for the patient upon the patient’s explicit request.
3.4.7 A member of the Society, caring for a patient during the absence of their original therapist shall:
a) provide to the latter, upon their return, all information relevant for the continuation of the therapeutic intervention;
b) refrain from using any intervention or means whatsoever to acquire ownership of the patient’s care.
3.4.8 The member of the Society shall, when referring a patient to a peer, provide the latter with any information that may assist in the evaluation and with any therapeutic intervention that may be provided to the patient.
3.4.9 A member of the Society who is called upon to collaborate with a peer must preserve her autonomy. If s/he is entrusted with a task contrary to her values or principles, s/he must ask to be excluded from providing care. In contentious or doubtful circumstances, she may seek advice from the Society.
3.4.10 The member of the Society must behave with integrity towards her peers, their profession, osteopathy and its institutions. S/he must not deceive a peer’s good faith, nor be guilty of a breach of trust or disloyal practices. In particular, s/he must not take credit for a peer’s work. S/he must refrain from denigrating or openly questioning the actions, means, practise or discipline of her peers, solely on the pretext of her own personal convictions and beliefs.
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3.5 RELATIONS WITH SOCATO/THE SOCIETY
3.5.1 The member of the Society shall promptly respond to any correspondence or request by the Society.
3.5.2 The member of the Society shall, after receiving reasonable notice, provide the Society with access to their clinic, patient records and any advertising/promotional material, in order to verify compliance with the Society’s Code of Ethics and Rules and Regulations.
3.5.3 The member of the Society shall promptly report to the Society any other member who there is reason to believe is unfit for practise, or who practises incompetently, dishonestly or in violation of the Code of Ethics.
3.5.4 The member of the Society shall refrain from accepting or offering any advantage or benefit for contributing to, or for having contributed to the adoption of any decision by the Board of Directors.
3.5.5 The member of the Society must support the authority and objectives of the Society.
3.5.6 It is the duty of the member of the Society, to the best of their ability, to aid the Disciplinary Committee when called upon to do so.