Code of Conduct for the Profession of Radiography
This “Code of Conduct”, compiled by the Society of Radiographers of South Africa serves as a guide by which radiographers should evaluate their professional conduct and reflect standards of behaviour expected of members of the Society of Radiographers.
In order to perform his/her duties every radiographer should:
- provide respectful and courteous care to all patients regardless of race, colour, religion, biological sex, gender and sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, creed or socio-economic status, presenting disease, mental or physical disability.
- perform procedures and techniques efficiently and effectively by applying appropriate theoretical and practical knowledge.
- provide patients with a full explanation of procedures to be performed and respect the right of the patient to choose.
- protect the patient’s right to privacy and maintain all patient information in strictest confidence.
- not perform a procedure or examination if in his/her opinion it is unethical or regarded to be harmful to the patient.
- report unethical or illegal professional behaviour or practice to the appropriate authorities.
- apply the ALARA principle and conduct to all radiographic examinations and treatment procedures with due regard to current radiation safety regulations.
- be conversant with the rules and regulations that apply to the profession.
- continually strive to improve knowledge and skills by participating in continuing professional development.
- co-operate in the training of student radiographers and impart knowledge and skills to them.
- co-operate in the delivery of effective health care in South Africa.
- follow the guidelines of the Health Professions Council of South Africa with regard to advertising his/her professional services.