American Naturopaths Association calls upon Practitioner, Student, and Educator members to act in a manner that justifies public trust and confidence, enhances the reputation of the profession, and safeguards the interest of individual clients.
- Provide high quality care and services.
- Disclaim and refrain from the practice or claims to practice allopathic medicine; disclaim to diagnose, treat, or cure "medical" disease.
- Represent their qualifications honestly, including education, certifications, diplomas, degrees, and professional affiliations, and provide only those services that they are qualified to perform.
- Use proper and justified titles based on actual educational achievement.
- Educators and Schools will refrain from encouraging or eliciting students in financial or sales schemes which school directors, instructors, or officers draw commission from or otherwise profit from.
- ORGANIZATIONS associated with supporting the field and practitioners will operate transparently, disclose the identities of their operators, board members, and admin staff, refrain from making false claims, and cease activities which may exploit practitioners and students for personal gain.
- Thoroughly inform clients, other health care practitioners, and the public of the scope and limitations of their discipline.
- Observe client confidentiality at all times, unless required by law, or the expressed dictate of the client.
- Respect the client's right to treatment with informed and voluntary consent. The certified practitioner will obtain and record the informed consent of the client, or client's advocate, before providing treatment. This consent may be written or verbal.
- Respect the client's right to refuse, modify or terminate treatment regardless of prior consent given.
- Provide draping and treatment in a way that ensures the safety, comfort and privacy of the client.
- Exercise the right to refuse to treat any person or part of the body for just and reasonable cause.
- Refrain, under all circumstances, from initiating or engaging in any sexual conduct, sexual activities, or sexualizing behavior involving a client, even if the client attempts to sexualize the relationship .
- Avoid any interest, activity or influence which might be in conflict with the practitioner's obligation to act in the best interests of the client or the profession.
- Respect the client's boundaries with regard to privacy, disclosure, exposure, emotional expression, beliefs and the client's reasonable expectations of professional behavior. Practitioners will respect the client's autonomy.