The Code of Professional Responsibility and Rules & Procedures

June 2023


IV. Responsibilities to Colleagues and the Profession

C4.1 — Dignity

The ABC Credential Holder has the responsibility to conduct himself/herself/itself in a manner that will assure the dignity and status of the Profession. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, inappropriate conduct with a patient, falsifying documents, misusing the certification credential, slandering or libeling another, disparaging existing or former employers, disparaging existing or former employees or misrepresenting one’s capacity as a provider of Services.

C4.2 — Substance Abuse

The ABC Credential Holder shall not use illegal drugs and/or any legally controlled substances resulting in the impairment of his/her professional judgment and/or ability to provide Services.

C4.3 — Solicitation

The ABC Credential Holder and his/her/its representatives shall not, either directly or indirectly, solicit the patronage of individual patients by way of: (i) of intimidation, threats, harassing conduct, undue influence, coercion, duress; and/or (ii) remuneration, unwarranted promises of benefits, or in violation of any third-party payer rules. The ABC Credential Holder and his/her/its representative shall not solicit a patient who appears to be in a cognitively impaired condition affecting his/her personal judgment to make decisions concerning the Services being offered. The ABC Credential Holder and his/ her/its representatives shall not solicit a patient while they reside in an in-patient setting unless the ABC Credential Holder has received a valid order or referral from the treating physician or other appropriately licensed healthcare prescriber. All contacts with a patient shall be in a manner that is consistent with his/her/its obligation to act in a dignified manner as set forth in Code C4.1.

C4.4 — Examination

The ABC Credential Holder, ABC Exam Candidates and Exam Applicants (both as defined in the ABC Scope of Practice) must maintain the security of and shall not disclose nor allow the disclosure of any portion of the ABC credentialing examinations and their content.

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