The Belmont Report (1979) altered the course of medical ethics in research and clinical care articulating core principles of respect for persons, beneficence (non-maleficence) and justice applied through informed consent and assessment of risk and benefits. Two rules of beneficent actions are 1) Do no harm and 2) Maximize possible benefits and minimize possible harms.
NCCAOM Core Competencies on Professional Ethics lists Standards of the Profession first. While it might be assumed Professional Standards is a settled issue, one visit to acupuncturists’ on Facebook reveals a stunning inconsistency, disrespect or just plain ignorance of Professional Standards. Using the risks of harms identified in Module one of this group, this seminar identifies professional standards for ethical practice of acupuncture therapy.
The presentation identifies ethical issues and lapses in professional standards and what it means to be current as a practitioner and for our profession as a whole. Every practitioner of traditional East Asian medicine needs to be aware of professional standards that in turn must be promoted by professional organizations as essential to ethical conduct: do no harm.