Code Of Ethics And Professional Conduct
Principles and Standards
- practice using evidence-based approaches within the areas of competence or SNA Certification and continuously develop and enhance expertise including but not limited through CPD;
- only provide Sports Nutrition services or advice that they are qualified to provide through their relevant SNA Certification;
- assess the validity and applicability of scientific evidence without personal or commercial bias;
- interpret, apply, participate in and / or generate research to enhance practice, innovation and discovery;
- make evidence based practice decisions, taking into account the unique values and circumstances of the client in combination with the Professional’s expertise and judgement;
- recognize and exercise professional judgement within the limits of individual qualifications and collaborate with others, seek counsel and make referrals as appropriate;
- act in a caring and respectful manner, mindful of individual differences, gender, cultural and ethnic diversity.
- disclose any conflicts of interest, including financial interests in products or services that are recommended;
- refrain from accepting gifts or services which potentially influence or which may give the appearance of influencing professional judgement;
- comply with all applicable laws and regulations;
- be familiar with SNA by-laws, applicable codes, policies, procedures, rules, standards and guidelines;
- maintain and appropriately use credentials according to directives issued by SNA from time to time or otherwise in accordance with the SNA Registration;
- not misrepresent, the nature, status, scope or effect of their SNA Registration or SNA affiliation;
- respect intellectual property rights, including citation and recognition of ideas and work of others;
- provide accurate and truthful communications and not engage in misleading or deceptive conduct;
- report inappropriate behavior or treatment of a client by another Professional;
- document and bill to most accurately reflect the character and extent of services delivered;
- not do anything or behave in any manner that may bring the Professional or SNA in disrepute;
- not engage in illegal or improper use of the SNA documents, SNA Certification or any SNA trademarks or designations;
- respect the client’s autonomy and safeguard client confidentiality according to laws and regulations; and
- implement appropriate measures to protect personal health information using appropriate techniques and otherwise in accordance with laws and regulations.
- respect the values, rights, knowledge and skills of colleagues and other professionals;
- demonstrate respect, constructive dialogue, civility and professionalism in all communication, including social media;
- refrain from communicating false, fraudulent, deceptive or disparaging or unfair statements or claims;
- refrain from verbal / physical / emotional / sexual harassment;
- contribute to the advancement and competence of colleagues, SNA and Sports Nutrition.
As part of maintaining the highest possible standards with respect to Competence, Integrity and Professionalism;
SNA provides Professionals with educational content and materials that align with current and best practice within the Sports Nutrition Profession. The educational content and materials delivered by SNA to Professional are delivered by experts in the field, in order to ensure that each Professional receives the highest quality of education, and by extension can deliver clients with the highest quality advice and care.
To achieve and maintain such education standards, SNA closely monitors and regulates the nature of educational content and material provided, as well as the delivery of that content. Accordingly, the Professional acknowledges and agrees that it will not, without first obtaining the approval of SNA:
(a) redistribute educational content and materials to clients or other professionals and providers of health services; and
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(b) whilst a member of SNA and associated with SNA, offer or deliver training or educational services, seminars or courses to other professionals, health care providers or the public generally.
The Professional acknowledges that there is a real and tangible risk that if it delivers education and training within the Sports Nutrition industry, that the individuals attending such education or training will assume that it is being delivered with the authority or approval of SNA. As such, the Professional will seek the approval of SNA prior to engaging in any such conduct.