CODE OF ETHICS
To define ethical standards in regard to the practice of the Unani-Tibb under which persons entered into membership of The Guild of Unani-Tibb (T.G.U.) shall agree to be bound under Articles as follows:-
1. To uphold all laws and regulations of the country in which the practitioner may legally practice.
2. To maintain the high standards of professional conduct appropriate to membership of T.G.U.
3. To observe the highest degree of integrity and responsibility in regard to the practice of Unani-Tibb.
4. To ensure by means of continuous update of information and training a level of competence consistent with the highest standards of the profession.
5. To respect the confidentiality of the patient
6. To exercise restraint in regard to the application of any treatment which might conceivably be to the detriment of the patient.
7. To provide and sustain, subject to competence, such emergency treatment as may be necessary until he/she can be assured that it will be given by another in due time.
8. To report all notifiable disease states according to applicable laws.
9 To do nothing to entice patients from the care of professional colleagues.
10 To maintain careful records of all patient contacts, interviews and treatments.
11. To refrain from all acts of criticisms which might conceivably bring a professional colleague or association into disrepute.
12. To abstain from any claim or statements misrepresenting the therapeutic benefits of Unani-Tibb.
13. To comply with the following Code of Practice.
CODE OF PRACTICE
Practitioners must be professionally indemnified in respect of patient, public and product liabilities.
a)Treatment areas must be equipped to clinical standards.
b) Staff facilities and public areas (waiting rooms, hallways, stairs, toilets, etc.) must comply with current health and safety regulations.
Practitioners must ensure that a patient’s confidential records are properly safeguarded and not accessible to third parties.
Practitioners should observe the recognised form of patient referral.
A practitioner of Unani-Tibb may not:
a) Address or refer to an assistant as ‘nurse’ unless the person referred to holds a nursing qualification in the country in which the practitioner is operating a clinic.
b) Undertake any physical examination of a minor or similar without the presence of a parent or guardian, or other responsible adult
c) Conduct a genital examination of any patient without the presence of a chaperone, unless written consent has been given.
Members shall be free to advertise their services and practices as they see fit subject to any such advertisement:
a) being legal, decent, honest and truthful and in accordance with the appropriate codes of practice
b) not being of a character that could be reasonably regarded as likely to bring the profession into disrepute
c) not being such as to abuse the trust of existing or potential patients or exploit their lack of knowledge
d) which does not offer treatment without the presence of the patient
7. Stationary and Nameplates
Professional letterheads should be of good quality and print Name plates on buildings and windows should be modest in size.
The display of designatory letters, certificates and diplomas on professional premises and stationary shall be restricted to those recognised by T.G.U.
9. Curricular Services
Members wishing to take part in the formal training of those studying Unani-Tibb, intending to lecture or wanting to participate in media activities; writing articles, contributing to television or radio programmes, may do so after consulting the President or the Secretary of the Guild
The Executive Committee of T.G.U. may, on investigation, de-register any member guilty of contravening the spirit or letter of the Guild‘s Code of Ethics and/or Code of Practice or on the grounds of any other Act which the Executive Committee may consider to reflect adversely upon the good name and reputation of T.G.U.
In the case of an adjudged misdemeanour, the Executive Committee may substitute the punishment of de-registration with a period of suspension from membership and/or a fine.
All certificates, diplomas and items of property issued by T.G.U. to a member during his life or membership, remains the property of T.G.U. and on his/her de-registration shall be returned to the Guild’s Secretary.