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ASHG Code of Ethics
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is a membership organization that includes multidisciplinary professionals with a common interest in human genetic research and clinical practice. Society members contribute to the advancement of science for the benefit of health.
The Code of Ethics provides an ethical framework for members as they work to further the aims of ASHG. Members act in a manner consistent with the good reputation of the Society. Members do not represent the Society as such. This Code of Ethics does not replace the ethical or legal obligations of individual members as set by their own professional bodies, employers, or applicable legislation.
ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
Members advance both fundamental and applied knowledge in human genetics for the benefit of the public.
Improvement of Health Care
Promote public health, through the advancement of human genetic research
and the provision of high quality genetic services.
Educate employees, students, and professionals to follow responsible research
practice and genetic services, consistent with the highest ethical standards.
Treat trainees with respect and provide them with opportunities for professional
growth and development.
Share knowledge in research, practice, and ethics through publication,
professional meetings and conferences. Encourage inter-professional and
international collaboration for the benefit of health care. Meet applicable ethical
and legal standards while conducting collaborations.
Members comply with the highest ethical standards such as honesty and courtesy. They conduct themselves with appropriate behavior and attitudes.
Maintain professional competence
Advance their knowledge and understanding of new scientific developments
and emerging areas of practice through ongoing education and training.
Respect professional Codes of Ethics
Abide by the prevailing ethical and legal norms of their profession.
Approach professional activities with an unbiased attitude, gathering evidence
fairly and precisely.
Act responsibly toward colleagues, government, corporate sponsors, the wider
health care community and the public at large. Build public trust through
Treat colleagues and researchers with respect and courtesy, based on
principles of equality and mutual respect for those with differing worldviews or
from different cultures. Share ideas honestly, giving proper credit for others’
contributions to their work.
Members protect the privacy of the individual, especially in light of concerns over possible discrimination and confidentiality of medical information.
Respect the confidential nature of all information entrusted to them. Disclosing
personal health information with proper and specific authority through the
consent of the individual or where there is a legal, ethical or professional right
or duty to disclose.
Storage and security
Maintain confidentiality in creating, storing, accessing, transferring, and
disposing of personal health information.
Members act fairly and provide complete, accurate and timely information to their colleagues, to the public, and to the media.
Claim expertise in fields where they have the necessary depth of knowledge,
especially when interacting with patients, or contributing to public discussion or
policy debate. Do not make statements that are false, deceptive, or fraudulent
concerning research, practice, or other work activities, or those of persons or
groups with whom they are affiliated.
Conflicts of interest
Disclose any potential conflicts of interest. Safeguard the quality and credibility
of their professional judgment.
Diffusion of results
Report findings accurately, completely, without distortion and in a timely
manner. Present personal opinions as such and not as those of the Society.
Foster public understanding of the nature and objectives of human genetics
consistent with open and responsible use of human genetic findings in science
and health care.
Approved March 2006
ASHG Board of Directors