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CFA – CODE OF ETHICS AND STANDARDS OF PRACTICE FOR MEMBERS

Professional Members shall:

PRINCIPLES

1.1 – demonstrate commitment to provide the highest quality aromatherapy care to those who seek their professional service

1.2 – explain the treatment and any recommendations to the client in detail

1.3 – represent themselves clearly, objectively and honestly with regard to qualifications, training and experience

1.4 – provide services within the scope and limits of their education

1.5 – recognize when a client’s wellbeing requires referral to other health professionals

1.6 – actively participate in the promotion and education of aromatherapy to the public

1.7 – respect the advice and work co-operatively with colleagues in other healing modalities and professions

1.8 – not refuse treatment to anyone on the basis of age, race, religion or sexual orientation

1.9 – undertake continuing education and improve skills and professional standards whenever possible

1.10 – adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice as defined herein by the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

INSURANCE & LICENSES

2.1 – carry professional liability insurance

2.2 – carry such business insurance as may be required by law in their jurisdiction

2.3 – carry such licenses for the practice of their business as may be required by law in their jurisdiction

PREMISES

3.1 – maintain premises in a hygienic condition

3.2 – ensure premises offer clients sufficient privacy and washroom facilities

3.3 – provide clients with a safe, secure environment

 TREATMENTS

4.1 – be educated to assess health, not diagnose or prescribe medication.

4.2 – obtain informed consent before commencing treatment

4.3 – endeavour to serve the best interests of the client at all times and respect their wishes

4.4 – use only 100% pure essential oils and carrier oils

4.5 – discuss with the client any possible effects of the treatment

4.6 – properly drape clients at all times to ensure their modesty is preserved

4.7 – explain any other modality used in conjunction with the aromatherapy treatment

4.8 – not use any appliances or devices under any conditions that penetrate the skin or mucous membranes

RECORDS & BUSINESS PRACTICE

5.1 – take a case history and keep accurate and detailed records of all treatments

5.2 – keep all information in a secure place

5.3 – not release any information without the written consent of the client

5.4 – explain all fees and charges that apply prior to commencement of treatment

5.5 – maintain client confidentiality and anonymity in professional discussions and publications

5.6 –provide a receipt for fees paid

5.7 – keep accurate financial records

5.8 – ask for written permission for treatment if it has been advised against by medical personnel

PROFESSIONALISM

6.1 – recognize the need for continuing education; remain open to the development and use of new information and methods; and to changes in interpretation of knowledge

6.2 – obtain a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education every 2 years

6.3 – dress in an appropriate manner in clean, acceptable attire

6.4 – not practice when ability or judgment is impaired

6.5 – not touch the client in a sexual manner or verbalize to the client in a sexual manner.

6.6 – avoid sexual relationships with clients

GENERAL PRACTICE

7.1 – operate within the code of ethics and standards of practice as outlined

7.2 – charge fees that reflect the normal range for the experience of the therapist, type of treatment and the business location.

7.3 – inform clients about fees, appointments, length of sessions, location and other business arrangements

7.4 – only use such titles and designations that are conferred upon them by any professional organization or institution of higher learning of which they are a current member in good standing

7.5 – be free to advertise their services in any manner providing it does not discredit the profession or breach the CFA Code of Ethics

7.6 – agree that failure to abide by the terms, conditions and stipulations of this code may leave them subject to action by the CFA

7.7 – understand that the CFA is hereby saved harmless from liability of any kind whatsoever for the actions or lack thereof of its members in fulfillment of their Federation membership.

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