(1) Licensees shall hold paramount the
welfare of persons served professionally.
(2) Licensees shall fully inform persons
served of the nature and possible effects of the services.
(3) Licensees shall take all reasonable
precautions to avoid injuring persons in the delivery of professional
(4) Licensees shall
charge only for services rendered and shall provide itemized statements for
charges for goods dispensed and services provided to the consumer. Nothing in
this Rule shall preclude requests to the consumer for prepayment of fees for
service as long as fees are refunded for services not rendered. This Rule shall
also not preclude requests for appointment deposit charges when the consumer
has received prior notification of this charge policy.
(5) Licensees shall fully inform subjects
participating in research or teaching activities of the nature and possible
effects of these activities.
Licensees shall afford persons used in teaching or research free choice to
participate and shall protect their privacy.
(7) Licensees shall evaluate services
rendered and products dispensed to determine effectiveness based on recognized
standards of practice.
Licensees shall accept persons for treatment for whom reasonable benefit can be
(9) Licensees shall
continue treatment to clients as long as reasonable benefit is
(10) Licensees shall
provide reasonable statements of prognosis to clients without guaranteeing the
results of any therapeutic procedures, directly or by implication.
(11) Licensees shall evaluate or treat
speech, language or hearing disorders exclusively within the confines of a
Licensees shall avoid evaluating or treating speech, language or hearing
disorders solely by correspondence. This does not preclude follow-up
correspondence with persons previously seen, nor providing them with general
information of an educational nature.
(13) Licensees shall not discriminate in the
delivery of professional services on any basis that is unjustifiable or
irrelevant to the need for the potential benefit from such services, such as
race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or handicapping
(14) Licensees shall
avoid participation in activities that constitute a conflict of professional
(15) Licensees shall
reveal professional or personal information obtained from the person served
professionally only a) if authorized by the person served, b) if required by
law or, c) to protect the welfare of the person or the community.
(16) Licensees shall provide to clients
information relating to products dispensed, including but not limited to any
applicable warranties or guarantees, whether the product is new or used, and,
if the product is sold or leased, a receipt indicating the price of the product
and the amount paid or terms and conditions of payment.
Ga. Comp. R.
& Regs. R. 609-4-.03
Ga. L. 1974, pp. 1009,
1013; O.C.G.A. Secs. 84-6705(c);
Original Rule entitled
"Welfare of Clients" adopted. F. Nov. 19,
1990; eff. Dec. 9, 1990.
Amended: . F. Jun. 9,
1993; eff. Jun. 29, 1993.
Amended: F. Aug. 16,
1994; eff. Sept. 4, 1994.