One of the core functions of the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta is to establish, maintain and enforce a code of ethics.
A code of ethics sets out the ethical principles governing the conduct of regulated health professionals. It is a moral anchor that assures clients, the public, and other healthcare providers that members of the regulated profession strive for the highest standards of ethical conduct.
Over the last decade, there have been several initiatives related to ethics and professional values in the physiotherapy profession in Canada. Canadian physiotherapy regulators and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association collaborated to develop and adopt a harmonized code of ethical conduct for the physiotherapy profession in Canada. In 2017, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta adopted this harmonized Code of Ethical Conduct for Alberta Physiotherapists (2017).
Research initiated in 2016 as part of a student research project in the Physiotherapy Program at McMaster University led to the identification of the Core Professional Values (Values), for the physiotherapy profession in Canada.
Subsequent work has integrated the core professional values into the code of ethical conduct, to make the foundational relationship between professional values and ethical conduct clear.
In accordance with Section 133(2) of the Health Professions Act, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta is currently seeking feedback regarding the draft Code of Ethical Conduct for Alberta Physiotherapists which includes the integrated professional values.
The draft Code of Ethical Conduct for Alberta Physiotherapists will be available for review and comment by regulated members of the College until December 23, 2023.
View the Updated Code of Ethical Conduct and the Edited Document with Highlighted Changes. Registrants are being asked to provide feedback on these documents using the link below.Click here to provide feedback