Each member of the Association shall:
1. Respect and honour the professional nature of their relationship with their clients, by observing the following principles:
1.1. Having respect for every client regardless of race, colour, creed, class, gender or sexual orientation.
1.2. Taking care to explain to clients fully the nature of any treatment to be administered.
1.3. Observing strict confidentiality at all times regarding all aspects of the relationship, including the fact of the client's attendance for treatment, unless required to disclose information under the following circumstances:
1.4. Taking care not to act in such a way as to invade or infringe personal propriety, or to perform any action which may reasonably be considered to be an assault upon the client.
1.5. Be aware of all legal obligations and considerations attendant upon the professional practice of herbal medicine as they currently stand and to keep up to date with all changes of such.
1.6. Maintaining their practice in an efficient and diligent style.
1.7. To refrain from any action which may bring themselves or the practice of herbal medicine into disrepute.
1.8. To maintain appropriate professional and product insurance.
2. Deal honestly and helpfully with the public, seeking at all times to present themselves and their profession as responsible and honourable, and ensuring that all advertising is conducted in a manner appropriate to the interests of the public, the profession and the Association itself. *(The use of the qualification ‘Dr’ as gained via a PhD can be used in a general way e.g. when giving an academic lecture where the doctorate speaks of the level of academic qualification of the person. We advise that the epithet ‘Dr’ should not be used in any advertising or on literature regarding the person’s practice since in such a case it would give a misleading impression that the person had a medical degree and was a doctor of medicine. If the person has not got this qualification the title ‘Dr’ should not be used in connection with the person’s practice)
3. Deal honourably and respectfully with other herbal practitioners and practitioners of other health care disciplines by observing the following principles:
4. Refraining from teaching or administering any training course purporting to lead to a professional certification in herbal medicine unless the course has been approved as such by the Irish Association of Master Medical Herbalists.
5. Refraining from teaching or administering any training course purporting to lead to a professional certification in iridology unless the course has been approved as such by the Irish Institute of Iridologists.
6. Abide by the rules of the Association as expressed in this Code of Ethics and in the Association’s Code of Practice and respect and honour the objectives of the Association as defined in the Constitution.
* Codisils in italics added added at 1.3.7 and 2. as a result of council meeting on December 15th 2014.