Code of Ethics
1. Responsibility to the Public
MRTs must act to serve and protect the public and maintain their trust and respect by:
(a) complying with high standards of professional conduct, competence and appearance;
(b) providing only those services for which they are qualified by education, training or experience to perform;
(c) not making false, misleading or deceptive statements, orally or in writing; and
(d) advancing and supporting health promotion and research.
2. Responsibility to Patients
MRTs must act in the best interests of their patients by:
(a) upholding the principle of informed consent including the right of the patient to refuse service;
(b) respecting the dignity, right to privacy and autonomy of their patients;
(c) treating all patients equitably, regardless of national or ethnic origin, colour, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, family status, socioeconomic status, mental or physical ability or type of illness, with respect to their individual needs and overall welfare;
(d) maintaining clear and appropriate professional boundaries in the MRT Patient relationship to avoid actions that could impair their professional judgment;
(e) providing individualized, comprehensive and safe treatment during examinations or therapy sessions, taking into account the patient's particular physical and emotional needs, values and cultural background; and
(f) preserving and protecting the confidentiality contact with the patient, except to facilitate diagnosis or treatment of the patient, or when legally obliged or allowed to disclose such information.
3. Responsibility to the Profession
MRTs must act to promote excellence in the profession by:
(a) assisting each other and the SAMRT in upholding the spirit and the letter of the law, The Medical Radiation Technologists Act, 2006 and the bylaws and other standards of practice set or recognized by the SAMRT;
(b) contributing to the development of the art and science of medical radiation technology through collaboration, continuing education and research;
(c) conducting all professional activities, programs and relations honestly and responsibly, and by avoiding any actions that might discredit the profession; and
(d) committing to the practise of lifelong learning, sharing new practices with colleagues and engaging in professional activities.
4. Responsibility to Colleagues and other Health Professionals
MRTs must develop and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with colleagues and other health professionals by:
(a) consulting with, referring to and cooperating with other professionals to the extent needed to serve the best interests of their patients;
(b) ensuring the safety of other health professionals when in practice or in areas under the MRT's responsibility; and
(c) educating colleagues and other health professionals about practices and procedures relating to medical radiation technology.
5. Personal Responsibility
MRTs are fully accountable for all their professional undertakings and shall:
(a) maintain and enhance their personal well-being to be effective in their practice;
(b) maintain and apply current and relevant scientific and professional knowledge and skill in every aspect of practice;
(c) take appropriate action in responding to incidents which put the care of patients at risk or brings harm to the profession;
(d) avoid conflicts of interest; and
(e) provide professional service only when free from the influence of alcohol, drugs or other substances or any condition that might impede the delivery of safe service.