USA – American Medical Writers Association (1994)

Code of Ethics of the American Medical Writers Association, written by Eric W. Martin, PhD, in 1973, first revised in June 1989 and last revised in April 1994.

The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is an educational organization that promotes advances and challenges in biomedical communication by recommending principles of conduct for its members. These principles take into account the important role of biomedical communicators in writing, editing, and developing materials in various media and the potential of the products of their efforts to inform, educate, and influence audiences. To uphold the dignity and honor of their profession and of AMWA, biomedical communicators should accept these ethical principles and engage only in activities that bring credit to their profession, to AMWA, and to themselves.

Principle 1
Biomedical communicators should recognize and observe statutes and regulations pertaining to the materials they write, edit, or otherwise develop.

Principle 2
Biomedical communicators should apply objectivity, scientific accuracy and rigor, and fair balance while conveying pertinent information in all media.

Principle 3
Biomedical communicators should write, edit, or participate in the development of information that meets the highest professional standards, whether or not such materials come under the purview of any regulatory agency. They should attempt to prevent the perpetuation of incorrect information.

Biomedical communicators should accept an assignment only when working in collaboration with a qualified specialist in the area, or when they are adequately prepared to undertake the assignments by training, experience, or ongoing study.

Principle 4
Biomedical communicators should work only under conditions or terms that allow proper application of their judgment and skills. They should refuse to participate in assignments that require unethical or questionable practices.

Principle 5
Biomedical communicators should expand and perfect their professional knowledge and communications skills.

Principle 6
Biomedical communicators should respect the confidential nature of materials provided to them. They should not divulge, without permission, any confidence patent, proprietary or patient information.

Principle 7
Biomedical communicators should expect and accept fair and reasonable remuneration and acknowledgment for their services. They should honor the terms of any contract or agreements into which they enter.

Principle 8
Biomedical communicators should consider their membership in AMWA an honor and a trust. They should conduct themselves accordingly in their professional interactions.

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