Code of Ethics
1. The practice of massage therapy is not regulated in this territory; nevertheless, Common Law affects the right of an individual to practise massage therapy. A member of the association shall undertake to abide by all the laws in the Northwest Territories.
2. A member shall practise observing the highest standard of professional conduct with the interest and welfare of the client as paramount.
3. A member shall refer a client to a qualified member of the health care profession when the member recognizes a condition which requires further examination or treatment.
4. A member shall respect totally the confidentiality of the relationship between massage therapist and client including all records pertaining to treatments.
5. A member shall obtain adequate and appropriate medical information concerning clients, inform the client of treatment fees and the type of treatment to be recommended prior to the client’s consent for treatment.
6. A member shall at all times maintain the expected decorum of a professional person in a working capacity and insure that the treatment rooms maintained in a state of clinical cleanliness, and public areas and facilities and comply with current Health and Safety Regulations.
7. A member will refrain from making any statements or claims misrepresenting the therapeutic benefits of the treatment.
8. A member shall not act in a manner which jeopardises the professional image of a massage therapist including refraining from enticing clients from the care of a professional colleague, abstaining from any action or statement which might bring a professional colleague or organization into disrepute. Notwithstanding the above, where a member or the Association is aware and has proof of this misconduct, breach of trust, other violation or transgression of the Code of Ethics by any member of the Association, it is their duty to bring such knowledge and written documentation to the attention of the Board of the Association.
9. A member shall follow proper business principles and procedures in respect to the practice keeping detailed and accurate records of all client’s contracts and treatments, as well as business and financial records.
10. A member may advertise their services in accordance with the laws of the land and advertising policy of the Association.
11. A member shall obtain informed consent from all persons for any treatment provided to them.
12. A member shall not practise massage therapy in a situation where there exists a conflict of interest.
13. A member shall not practise massage therapy while their ability to practise is impaired.
14. A member may not practise massage therapy in the knowledge that such practise would entail breach of the Code of Ethics.