For R.T.s, patients will always be at the heart of the profession—and protecting their best interests and safety should always be the priority. That’s why ARRT emphasizes our ethics requirements for certification and registration. Patients and their families want to know that their medical professionals, including technologists, are qualified, responsible, and trustworthy.
What is The ARRT Standards of Ethics?
The ARRT Standards of Ethics is one of our governing documents. It articulates the types of behavior we expect of R.T.s and describes the types of behavior we won’t tolerate. The document includes our Code of Ethics (a set of guidelines to which R.T.s aspire) and Rules of Ethics (mandatory and enforceable standards), along with information regarding our ethics review process.
We encourage all R.T.s to review the ARRT Standards of Ethics each year to ensure they’re maintaining compliance. Refer to the document if you’re reporting an ethics violation or if you’re under an ethics review.
TYPES OF ETHICS VIOLATIONS
The ARRT Standards of Ethics defines the following ethical violations:
- Fraud or deceptive practices
- Unprofessional conduct
- Scope-of-practice violations
- Being unfit to practice
- Improper management of patient records
- Violation of state laws, federal laws, or regulatory rules
- Failure to report violations or errors
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE AN ETHICS VIOLATION
If you have (or think you might have) violated ARRT's Standards of Ethics, it's a good idea to request an ethics review preapplication while you're still considering the profession. This option allows you to report your potential violations and receive a decision from our Ethics Committee before you spend time and money pursuing education or applying for certification and registration. If the committee determines that you've committed an ethics violation, it may impose a sanction—ranging from a conditional status to declaring you ineligible to apply for a set period of time.
Contact our Ethics Requirements Department at 651.687.0048, ext. 8580, with any questions.
Although reporting a potential ethics violation might worry you—
it’s always the right decision. In most cases, if you request an ethics review before you apply to ARRT, you won’t receive an ineligible sanction. The consequences for not disclosing a potential violation might be more severe.