The Ethical Principles of Auriculotherapy (EPOA) consist of a set of guidelines agreed to by the ACI which outline the moral duty, obligation, or custom on how certificants should behave professionally. The ethical principles that follow are not all-inclusive and should not be viewed as limiting the scope of ethical responsibility of ACI certificants. Rather, the principles that follow point out and underscore particular areas in which there is concern.
1. The EPOA are to be adhered to by ACI certificants and
certificants must assure that the principles are adhered
to by their employees engaged in auriculotherapy and
auriculotherapy related activities, and individuals
receiving training in the use of auriculotherapy under
their supervision. ACI certificants will inform their employers of these Ethical Principles and will make
every effort to urge their employers to co-operate with them in adhering to these principles.
2. The EPOA constitute the guidelines against which the ethical conduct of a ACI
certificant is measured.
3. A violation of the EPOA may lead to disciplinary action desertification, and or a letter to the appropriate state
licensing/certifying agent or the state or national
association of the individual's professional discipline
concerning the charges or action.
A. Responsibility: In utilizing auriculotherapy, ACI certificants adhere to the
highest standards of their profession. They behave
responsibly; accept responsibility for their behavior and the
consequences of their behavior; ensure that auriculotherapy
is used appropriately; and strive to educate the public
concerning responsible use of auriculotherapy in treatment,
research and training.
I. Each ACI certificant is responsible for adhering to the
ethical principles of their profession; the local, state
and federal laws relevant to their professional
activities; and the Ethical Principles of ACI.
2. As practitioners, ACI certificants recognize their
obligation to help clients acquire knowledge and skill
within the confines of the highest professional
standards and in the most cost efficient/effective
3. As teachers, ACI certificants encourage the free
pursuit of learning by their students, consistent with the
best interest of their obligation to help others acquire
knowledge and skill, and present information
objectively, accurately and fully. They are guided by a
conviction of the worth of advancement of knowledge.
4. All ACI certificants are responsible to be alert to and
report to the ACI Ethics Committee false claims and
misrepresentative statements about auriculotherapy,
either as individuals, or through mechanisms available
from ACI, or other professional organizations.
Auriculotherapy Certification Institute
Ethical Principles of Auriculotherapy. All practitioners
realize that their professional
activities with clients may result in changes in the
lives of those clients and others. As such,
practitioners guard against misuse of their influence
6. Auriculotherapy services are continued only as long
as it is reasonably clear that clients are benefiting
from the relationship. If another type of intervention
is needed for which the practitioner is not qualified,
the practitioner assists the person in obtaining the
appropriate therapeutic services. Clients are never
to be abandoned.
ACI certificants recognize the boundaries of their
competence, and operate within their level of competence
using only those auriculotherapy techniques in which they are competent by training and experience. They also
recognize the proper limitations of auriculotherapy and
inform all concerned parties about the clinical utility of
particular procedures, possible negative effects, and
whether the procedures are experimental or clinically
verified. ACI certificants remain current on knowledge
concerned with scientific and professional applications of
auriculotherapy in those areas in which they practice.
I . ACI certificants should have at least "entry level"
competence; i.e., having received licensing or
certification from the appropriate state or national
association for their profession.
2. Auriculotherapy assistants and technicians who are
not professionally licensed or certified shall engage
in auriculotherapy practice only under the supervision
of a qualified professional.
3 . Misrepresentation of one's qualifications, training,
experience, degrees, and/or specialty is a violation of
4. Practitioners take it upon themselves to seek and
obtain appropriate training and supervision when
providing services in areas in which they are not yet
ACI certificants are sensitive to prevailing community
moral and ethical standards and to the possible negative
impact that deviating from those standards may have upon the quality of their performance in applying
auriculotherapy in fulfilling their professional
responsibilities and in maintaining public trust in auriculotherapy.
1. No certificant may resign their ACI certificate while
an ethical investigation of behavior relating to
auriculotherapy is in progress.
2. It is an obligation of ACI certificants to report alleged
ethical violations concerning auriculotherapy and its
application to the Ethics Committee of the alleged
violator's professional discipline and/or to the Ethics
Committee of ACI.
3. Certificants will charge only for services actually
provided by them or those provided by others under
their direct supervision. In billing third party payers,
practitioners clearly specify which services they
provided and which they supervised.
D. Public Statements:
ACI certificants recognize that all public statements,
announcements of services and products, advertising, and
promotional activities concerned with auriculotherapy should
be conducted in such a manner as to help the public make informed choices.
Statements about auriculotherapy will be
based on scientifically verifiable information, including
recognition of the limits and uncertainties of such data. ACI
certificants accurately represent their qualifications,
affiliations, and functions and do not mislead the public
concerning their ACI certification.
I . Auriculotherapy providers shall accurately represent
the efficacy of auriculotherapy procedures for all
disorders or conditions being treated.
2. In providing service, publishing and marketing a
product, ACI certificants use truthful and not
misleading information in both direct and indirect
statements about auriculotherapy. ACI certificants
consider the context and source requesting information
when considering making a public statement and
guard against misrepresentation.
3. ACI certificants recognize that they have financial or
career interest in the promotion of auriculotherapy
activities and agree that this interest must be
superseded by professional objectivity, humanistic
concern, and the ethical principles of ACI and the other
professional societies to which they are certificants.
When a question arises as to their objectivity, they
seek professional guidance from appropriate
professional sources such as ACI, or the professional
association of the discipline in which they are licensed.
4. Announcements and listing of services and training
offered by ACI certificants, such as telephone directory
listing, letterheads, business cards, and descriptive
brochures should be made in a professional manner
and must adhere to the guidelines of the profession to
which the certificant belongs. Only factual and
accurate claims are to be made.
ACI certificants maintain confidentiality of information
obtained from persons in the course of their
auriculotherapy activities. Release of information requires
the written consent of the client, the client's legal
representative or the existence of a situation in which not
to do so could result in danger to the client or others. ACI
certificants specify in advance the legal limits of
confidentiality to clients/patients, particularly as it pertains
to collection of fees. Confidentiality applies to clients in
treatment, students in training and to research
participants. Client records are stored or disposed of in
ways that maintain confidentiality.
Records will be kept for a minimum of seven years and will
be retained longer if required by state law.
F. Protection of Client Rights and Welfare:
ACI certificants protect the welfare of clients, students,
research participants, and other groups with whom they
work. They inform all consumers of their rights, provide
them with a written statement of these rights, and fully
inform consumers as to the purpose and nature of
procedures to be implemented and assure that client's
rights are not abridged.
I . ACI certificants assure that the privacy and rights of
the clients are protected.
2. Special care will be taken to protect the rights and consent of children receiving service, training, or
when involved as research subjects.
3 . Caution and common sense are required whenever a
ACI certificant has physical contact with clients.
Sexual intimacies with clients are prohibited. In
addition, touching and massage require client
permission and are restricted to those body areas
considered appropriate for touch or massage within
the realm of "common practice" for one's professional
discipline. Touching of sensitive body parts, such as
breasts or genitals is not acceptable in
auriculotherapy practice, with the exception of a
medical exam or medical treatment provided by a
licensed medical practitioner.
4. ACI certificants do not discriminate against or refuse
services to anyone of the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.
G. Professional Relationships:
ACI certificants recognize the interdisciplinary nature of
auriculotherapy and respect the competencies of colleagues
in all professions. They strive to act in accordance with the
obligations of the organizations with which they and their
colleagues are associated.
I . ACI certificants are responsible for assuming that all
patients/clients referred for treatment of a medical
disorder or in whom a medical disorder is later
identified are treated only in conjunction with medical
consultation, as necessary, to best serve the welfare
of the client.
2. Certificants should strive to be objective in their
professional judgment of colleagues and should strive
to maintain good professional relationships even when opinions differ.
3. ACI certificants avoid dual relationships with their
patients/clients that could impair their professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation.
Certificants do not exploit clients, students,
supervisees, employees, research participants or third
H. Research with Humans and Animals:
ACI certificants conduct research to advance understanding
of basic behavioral principles, to improve human health and
welfare, and/or to advance science. As such, certificants carefully consider alternative research directions and assure
that in the conduct of research the welfare of research
participants (human and animal) is protected. All research will adhere to federal and state regulations and the
professional standards of the certificant's profession with
regard to the conduct of research.
I . The results of research will be released in a manner
which accurately reflects research results and only
when the findings have satisfied widely accepted
scientific criteria. Any limitations regarding factors
such as long-term effects and population samples will
be explicitly stated. All descriptive materials distributed
regarding clinical practice will be factual and
2. Responsibility for the establishment and maintenance
of acceptable ethical practice in research always
remains with the individual investigator. The
investigator is also responsible for the ethical treatment
of research participants by collaborators, assistants,
students, and employees, all of whom, however, incur
3. Information obtained about research participants
during the course of an investigation is confidential.
When the possibility exists that others may obtain
access to such information, ethical research practice
requires that this possibility, together with the plans
to protect confidentiality, be explained to the
participants as part of the procedure for obtaining
4. Ethical practice requires the investigator to inform the
participant of all features of the research that
reasonably might be expected to influence
willingness to participate and to explain all other
aspects of the research about which the participant
requires. The ethical investigator protects
participants from physical and mental discomfort,
harm, and danger. If the risk of such consequences
exists, the investigator is required to inform the
participant of that fact, secure informed consent
before proceeding, and take all possible measures to
minimize distress. A research procedure may not be
used if it is likely to cause serious and lasting harm to
5. Ethical research practice requires the investigator to
respect the individual's freedom to decline to
participate in research or to discontinue participation
at any time. The obligation to protect this freedom
requires special vigilance when the investigator is in
a position of power over the participant. The
decision to limit this freedom increases the
investigator's responsibility to protect the participant's
dignity and welfare.
6. After the data are collected, ethical practice requires
the participant with full clarification of the nature of
the study. When scientific or human values justify
delaying or withholding information, the investigator
acquires special responsibilities to assure that there
are not damaging consequences for the participant.
When the above standards are unclear and whenever
appropriate, the ethical standards of the American Nurses
Association, the American Physical Therapy Association,
the American Medical Association, the American Dental
Association, the American Chiropractic Association, the
American Acupuncture Association, or other professional
associations pertinent to the individual in question shall be
used as a guide in determining whether the certificant has
violated his/her professional standards. When a complaint
is made, the ACI Ethics Committee shall use these ethical
principles in evaluating the ACI certificants conduct. The
committee shall recommend appropriate additions,
deletions, or revisions, as necessary, to the Executive
Board for approval. Thereafter the ACI certificants shall
be required to adhere to the revised Ethical Principles.