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 Rules of Ethics, you’ll need to report the potential violation by doing one of the following:
- Submit an ethics review preapplication form (if you have more than six months left in your program).
- Answer the ethics questions on your application and send supporting material (if you’ve graduated from a program or have fewer than six months left in your program).
- If you’re not yet enrolled in an ARRT-recognized program, refer to our ethics page for those still considering the profession.
When gathering the supporting documentation you’ll submit, use our criminal violation checklist, regulatory violation checklist, or honor code violation checklist as a guide. Our Ethics Committee will review your submission and might begin a more in-depth investigation. If the committee determines that you’ve committed an ethics violation that warrants sanction, you might be ineligible to apply for a set period of time.
Contact our Ethics Requirements Department at 651.687.0048, ext. 8580, if you have questions.
Although reporting a potential ethics violation might worry you—
it’s always the right decision. In most cases, failing to report a potential violation brings consequences more severe than those for the violation itself.
People who report potential problems usually don’t receive ineligible or revocation sanctions—
Of 2,006 ethics violations investigated in 2015, only 38 cases (2 percent) resulted in revocation of an R.T.’s certification and registration.