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.
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. You should also 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 or federal laws, or regulatory rules
- Failure to report violations or errors
If you have (or think you might have) violated the ARRT Standards of Ethics, you need to report the potential violation within 30 days of its occurrence or when you renew your certification and registration, whichever comes first.
Call our Ethics Requirements Department at 651.687.0048, ext. 8580. We can help you understand the process of reporting violations. If necessary, we’ll explain what to expect during an ethics review.
Although we welcome your questions and can offer procedural information, we don’t affect the outcome of an ethics review. The Ethics Committee determines all outcomes and sanctions, if needed.