CIPAP Code of Ethics

  1. CODE OF ETHICS for IRIDOLOGISTS

ARTICLE I –

DUTIES OF IRIDOLOGY PRACTITIONER IN GENERAL

Section I – The iridologist must always maintain the highest standards of professional conduct, providing services in an ethical manner in relation to clients, business associates, health care professionals and the general public.

Section II – Shall respect the rights of all health practitioners and will cooperate with other health care professionals in a friendly and professional manner.

Section III - Shall adhere to the CIPAP iridologist code of ethics, policies, and procedures and conduct themselves in a manner in all settings, meriting the respect of the public and other professionals.

Section IV - Shall provide an environment that is safe and comfortable for the client and which, at a minimum, meets all the legal requirements for health and safety.  And shall use standard precaution to ensure professional hygienic practices and maintain a level of personal hygiene and wear clothing’s that is appropriate for an iris analysis setting.

Section V  - An iridologist must not allow himself to be influenced merely by profit and under no circumstances is a practitioner permitted to do anything that would weaken the physical or mental resistance of a human being, except for strict therapeutic indication imposed in the interest of the client.

Section VI – The iridology practitioner is advised to use great caution in publishing discoveries.  The same applies to methods of treatment whose value is not yet recognized by the profession at large.

Section VII - The following practices are deemed unethical

a. Any self-advertisement except such is expressly authorized by the code of ethics.

b. Taking part in any plan of medical care in which the iridologist does not have professional independence.

c. It is unethical for any member to permit his name to be used in any material relating to diseases or their treatment which is published in the public press or broadcast by radio or television. CIPAP, on application, can waive this rule when departure from anonymity is in the public or professional interest, may give its approval.

ARTICLE II - PROFESSIONALISM

Section I – Iridologist must uphold and protect the reputation of Iridology as an art and science. Hence, he must be proud and true to his unique profession and must never present himself as a medical doctor but nonetheless remain in the vision of working and assisting those in the medical field, unless he is at the same time a medical doctor or physician.

Section II – To further safeguard the quality and reputation of iridologist, he/she must not cover-up, help or acts as a dummy for any illegal practitioner, quack or charlatan and must not engage in any activities not sanctioned by CIPAP.

Section III- Iridologist must have a sincere commitment to provide the highest quality of care to those who seek their professional service, and perform only those services for which they are qualified and represent their education and other qualification honestly.

Section IV- Must be knowledgeable of their scope of practice and practice only within their  limitations, and shall conduct their business and professional activities with  honestly, integrity and project a professional image in all aspect of their practices.

ARTICLE III –

DUTIES OF IRIDOLOGIST TO THEIR CLIENTS

Section I – the iridologist must endeavor to serve the best interest of clients at all times and to provide the highest quality service possible

Section II- The client’s ideals, values, customs and spiritual beliefs must be respected at all times.

Section III – Provide clients with an accurate description of what to expect from an iris-analysis appointment according to CIPAP’s definition of comprehensive iridology, including, but not limited to length of appointments, cost and information provided.

Section IV- Follow the guidelines set forth in his/her CIPAP certification that appropriate and symptom predispositions and increased risk factors using language the client will clearly understand.

Section V – Give the iris information in a holistic manner considering iris indications in relationship to the total of all the iris signs including diet, lifestyle and age.

Section VI – Iridologist must refrain from the use of mind altering drugs, alcohol, or intoxicants prior to or during iris-analysis or professional session.

Section VII- The iridologist owes to his clients absolute secrecy on all events which have been confided to him or which he knows because of the confidence entrusted to him. He must guard, as a sacred trust all of his clients analysis, regarding them as confidential and private information.

Section VIII- the iridologist owes to his clients complete loyalty and all the resources of his therapy. Whenever and examination or treatment is beyond his capacity, he should summon another health practitioner, who has necessary ability immediately.

Section IX- the Iridologist must give the necessary treatment in an emergency, unless he is assured that it can and will be given by another in due time.

Section X – An iridologist must always bear in mind the importance of preserving all life from the time of conception until death. Hence, under no circumstances is an iridologist permitted to do anything that would weaken the physical or mental resistance of a human being.  Therefore, he must not prescribe DRUGS, other than nutritional supplements and herbs preparation unless he is at the same time a medical doctor.

ARTICLE IV –  RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AND AMONG IRIDOLOGIST/COLLEAGUES

Section I – Treat all other iridologist in a professional manner and should not speak disrespectful of other therapist in public, to clients or to students in order to create mutual trust.

Section II- Respect the traditions and practices of other professionals, therapists and traditional healers and foster mutually respectful relationships.

Section III- Never falsely impugn the reputation of any colleague, and as member of a profession, iridologist are expected to work collectively to maximize patient/client’s care, and be respectful on one another.

Section IV- Iridologists are committed to working with other  physicians, health care professionals, therapists,  hospitals and payers to develop guidelines for cost effective care for their patient/client/clients.

Section V – Participate in the processes of self-regulation, including engaging in internal assessment and accepting external scrutiny of all aspects of their professional performance, as well as remediation and discipline of members who have failed to meet professional standards.

Section VI – An iridologist must not entice clients from his colleagues.

ARTICLE V – CONFIDENTIALITY

Section I – Safeguard the confidentiality of all the clients information, unless disclosure is required by law, court order, or is absolutely necessary  due to overriding considerations in the public  interest (i.e., when patient/clients endangers others)

Section II – Commitment to confidentiality extends to discussion with people acting on a patient/client’s behalf when obtaining the patient/clients owns consent is not feasible.

Section III – Information maybe disclosed when the client has given their expressed permission and that they understand the nature and extent of the disclosure.

Section IV- If the iridologist intends to publish information in any form about a particular case for any reason including teaching purposes, the iridologist must ensure full confidentiality. If this is not possible due to the nature of the particular case, then the iridologist must obtain the client’s written permission first.

Section V- the iridologist shall respect the confidentiality of client information and safeguard all records.

In his/her professional role, the iridologist shall:

a.Protect the clients, identity in social conversations, all advertisement, and any and all manners unless requested by the client in writing, medically necessary or required by law.

b.protect the interest of clients who are minors or who are unable to give voluntary  consent by securing permission from an appropriate third party or guardian

c.Solicit only information that is relevant to the professional clients and iridologist relationship.

ARTICLE VI – REFERRAL

Section I – Clients should be referred to other health practitioners if the condition is beyond his/her capacity.

Section II - In case of emergency, in a clinical or a public situation in which crisis care is required, appropriate first aid assistance should be administered.  The client is then referred to a more qualified and competent medical practitioner if the case does not fall within his/her particular line.

ARTICLE VII – ADVOCACY

Section I – Iridologist shall actively participate in educating the general public regarding the actual benefits of iridology.

Section II- Iridologist shall not make false claim regarding the potential benefits of the science and practice of iridology.

Section III- Shall practice honestly in advertising to promote his/her services ethically  and in good taste and practice and/or advertise only those techniques for which he/she had received adequate training and/or certification.

Section IV – the practitioner should not attempt in anyway to advertise himself except by legitimate means of proficiency in his work and by skill and success in his practice.

Section V – Public lectures or addresses to audiences may be given on professional subjects in order to promote iridology to the general public.

ARTICLE XIII - LEGAL AND ETHICAL REQUIREMENTS

Section I- CIPAP shall arrange for free legal advice for all its members who desire or require such advice.

Section II- Obey all applicable local and international laws governing the practice of iridology.

Section III- Refrain from any behavior that results in illegal discriminatory or unethical actions.

Section IV- Use CIPAP assigned initials to designate his/her professional ability and competency to practice iridology only in relation to other healing arts.

Section V – Report to the proper authorities any alleged violations of the law by other iridologist.

Section VI- Maintain accurate and truthful records.

Section VII – When CIPAP logo and certification number on business cards, brochures, advertisements and stationery, do so only in a manner that is within established CIPAP guidelines.

ARTICLE IX – EXPULSION AND DEREGISTRATION

Section I – CIPAP shall have power to expel from membership of the organization any member on the ground that his conduct is deemed by the organization to be detrimental to the honor and/or interest of the profession, or is calculated to bring the profession or the organization into disrepute, or on the grounds that the member has willfully and persistently refused to comply with the rules of the organization or code of ethics.

Section II- Any member, whose name has been removed from the Iridology register of another country where he practices, by reason of conviction of an indictable offense or infamous conduct in a professional respect, shall cease to be a member.  If the name is subsequently restored on the register, CIPAP shall, on application, decide the propriety of his being readmitted to membership.

ARTICLE X – PROCEDURES IN ETHICAL MATTERS

An ethical subcommittee may be appointed annually to investigate any question of ethics, which are brought to notice by the Director General of CIPAP.

ARTICLE XI – TEACHING COURSES, SYMPOSIA, and CONGRESSES

Section I – Affiliated organizations may make applications for recognition of their teaching curricula, symposia organized by them.  The CIPAP logo may only be used after obtaining written approval.

Section II- All instructors who teach the IIPA-PINS comprehensive iridology courses must first passed the IIPA-PINS instructorship examination and follow any of the paths as designated in the certification standards of Iridology.

 

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