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Code of Ethics

New Zealand Society of Naturopaths Incorporated. The Code of Ethics and Rules of Practice as set out in our Articles of Incorporation for members of our society are as follows:

  1. Practitioners are expected to uphold the dignity and status of their profession under all circumstances.
  2. Practitioners shall recognise an obligation towards the patient at all times, and shall practice their profession to the best of their ability for the benefit of the patient. The patient’s comfort, welfare and future health must always have priority.
  3. The confidence of the patient, and the diagnostic findings acquired during consultation, or in the course of professional treatment, shall not be divulged to anyone without the patient’s consent except when required by law, or where failure to take action would constitute a menace or danger to the patient or another member of the community.
  4. Practitioners shall support fellow practitioners at all times.
  5. Practitioners shall not give any guarantees regarding the results of any treatment, nor exploit a patient for financial gain through inferences or misrepresentations of any sort.
  6. Telephone consultations with unknown persons should be discouraged.
  7. Practitioners premises shall be maintained in a hygienic condition, and shall be open at all times to inspection by NZSN representatives.
  8. Practitioners shall display current Practicing Certificates and this Code of Ethics in a prominent position in their premises within easy viewing of the patient.
  9. Practitioners having patients referred to them by another practitioner shall return such patients to the original practitioner when the specified treatment is completed.
  10. A practitioner shall not knowingly interfere with any on-going treatment, instigated by another practitioner, whilst the patient is under that practitioner’s care.