Guidelines of Conduct

Guidelines of Conduct

  1. The forensic examiner shall perform duties in accordance with the applicable law(s) and shall observe the highest of ethical and moral principles, evidence-influenced standards/guidelines and policies of professional practice.
  2. The forensic examiner shall at all times act with integrity, truthfulness and honesty.
  3. The forensic examiner shall observe diligence in the discharge of professional responsibilities.
  4. The forensic examiner shall exhibit competence at all times in the discharge of professional responsibilities.
  5. The forensic examiner shall at no time divulge confidential information in an inappropriate or unlawful manner and shall exercise the care required for confidentiality and privacy consistent with the applicable legal jurisdiction.
  6. The forensic examiner shall not maliciously injure the reputation or professional practice of providers, employers, insurers, claimants, or other parties.
  7. The forensic examiner shall divulge and report appropriately when faced with potential conflicts of interest.
  8. The forensic examiner shall try to remain unbiased and objective, so that trier of fact is served by accurate determination of the facts involved.
  9. The forensic examiner shall thoroughly review and analyze the evidence in a case, conduct evaluations based on established scientific principles, methodology, facts and evidence-influenced knowledge and training, and render opinions which have a demonstrably reasonable basis and are within the forensic examiner’s qualifications and scope of practice.
  10. The forensic examiner shall not intentionally withhold or omit any findings or opinions discovered during a forensic evaluation or review that would cause the facts of a case to be misinterpreted or distorted.
  11. The forensic examiner shall never misrepresent credentials, education, training, experience, or membership status.
  12. The forensic examiner shall refrain from any conduct that would be adverse to the best interest and purpose of the Council on Forensic Sciences and/or the American Chiropractic Association.
  13. The forensic examiner shall respect the rights of the examinee and other participants, and treat these individuals with dignity and respect.
  14. At the forensic medical examination, the forensic examiner shall:

    A. Introduce themselves to the examinee as the examiner.
    B. Advise the examinee they are presenting for an independent medical examination and the information provided will be used in the assessment and presented in a report.
    C. Confirm with the examinee with the name of the entity requesting the examination.
    D. Advise the examinee that a limited doctor/patient relationship (diagnose, maintain confidentiality and divulge) will be established.
    E. Confirm informed consent and explain the examination procedure(s).
    F. Provide adequate draping and privacy if the examinee needs to remove clothing for the examination.
    G. Allow a family member or friend to attend non-psychiatric portions of the examination, if requested by the examinee, and if the other person does not interfere and is not disruptive.
    H. Refrain from derogatory comments.
    I. Close the examination by telling the examinee that the examination is over and ask if there is further information that the examinee would like to add.

  15. The forensic examiner shall be prepared to address conflict in a professional and constructive manner.
  16. The forensic examiner shall never accept a fee for services which is dependent upon writing a report favorable to the referral service.
  17. The forensic examiner shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to continuing sub-specialty education, obtain consultation, and use the talents of other healthcare professionals when indicated.

Approved 09/01/09