Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 671-4-.01 - Ethics of Occupational Therapy

The following Code of Ethics is hereby adopted by the Board to govern and serve as a guide for the conduct of licensed Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants in the practice of occupational therapy in this state. Reviews of numerous documents and guidelines published on occupational therapy ethics, including the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (A.O.T.A.) Code of Ethics, were utilized in the preparation of the following. Each licensed Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistant shall:

(1) Adhere to the code of ethics as adopted and published by the Board;
(2) Demonstrate concern for the safety and well-being of the recipients of their services and ensure services and fees are provided in a fair and equitable manner;
(3) Take measures to ensure each recipient's safety and avoid imposing or inflicting harm, avoid exploitation in any manner in therapeutic relationships, use professional judgment and objectivity at all times, avoid any compromise in the provision of services, and accept responsibility for professional actions;
(4) Respect recipients, assuring their rights and observing confidentiality at all times;
(5) Strive to achieve and continually maintain high standards of competence and take responsibility for competence through professional development and educational activities;
(6) Comply with laws and rules of the State of Georgia and the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy, encourage peers to adhere to the Code of Ethics of the profession, and reporting any breaches of the Code of Ethics to the proper authority;
(7) Provide accurate and complete information when representing the profession; and
(8) Treat all colleagues and other professionals with respect, fairness, discretion and integrity.


Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 671-4-.01
Authority O.C.G.A. Sec. 43-28-7.
Original Rule entitled "Ethics of Occupational Therapy" adopted. F. July 15, 1977; eff. August 4, 1977. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. July 11, 1984; eff. July 31, 1984. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 4, 2006; eff. Aug. 24, 2006.

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