Practice Guidelines

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of interest may occur in situations when the professional judgment of a speech-language pathologist or audiologist might be compromised by personal and/or financial gain. This compromise of judgment, or the appearance of compromised judgment may have a direct impact on professional activities such as research, clinical service, consultation, education and administration.

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists should avoid activities that can be considered conflict of interests. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists must carefully evaluate gifts, benefits and situations that could conceivably cause or imply the presence of a conflict of interest.

Care needs to be taken in accepting or giving gifts or benefits. It would be inappropriate to give or accept a gift that could be construed as intended to compensate referrals received or motivate new referrals.

Licensees should not:

  • Accept cash gifts
  • Participate in sponsored events that have the potential to bias professional judgment or practice
  • Purchase equipment from or enter into contract negotiations with organizations in which one has a financial interest
  • Practice self-referral. In other words, individuals working in one professional setting should not refer clients exclusively to themselves in another professional setting

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Last Updated: June 19, 2009