Member Code of Conduct

  • Adhere to the FSMTA Constitution, By-laws, Policies & Procedures, Patients Bill of Rights,and Code of Ethics
  • Conduct themselves  in a professional and ethical manner
  • Treat the client with respect and dignity
  • Be professional and ethical in all verbal, nonverbal, and written communications
  • Adhere to all Florida laws, rules and statues governing Massage Therapy
  • Seek other professional advice when needed
  • Remain in good standing with the FSMTA and the Florida Board of Massage Therapy
  • When using the FSMTA logo on business cards, brochures, advertisements, stationary, websites, and other forms of communications with the public, do so only within FSMTA established guidelines and in a professional and ethical manner
  • Immediately return the FSMTA certificate if it is revoked or suspended
  • Obey all applicable local, state, and federal laws
  • Refrain from any behavior that results in illegal, discriminatory, or unethical actions
  • Accept responsibility for their own actions
  • Report to the proper authorities any alleged violations of the law by other practitioners
  • Maintain accurate and truthful records
  • Report to the FSMTA any criminal convictions regarding him/herself
  • Protect the clients identity in all situations unless requested by the client in writing, medically necessary or required by law.
  • Solicit only information relevant to the professional client/therapist relationship
  • Store and dispose of client files in a secure manner
  • Practice with honesty, integrity and lawfulness
  • Provide an environment that is safe and meets Florida legal requirements for health and safety
  • Accurately and truthfully inform the public of services provided
  • Represent all professional qualifications accurately and truthfully
  • Advertise in a professional and ethical manner and in a way that follows all laws and rules set out by the FSMTA and the Florida Board of Massage Therapy
  • Recognize the patient’s rights and limitations and only practice within those
  • Do not exploit the relationship with the client for personal gain
  • Do not engage in any sexual activity with the client
  • Avoid dual relationships with the client that could impair judgment or harm the client, employees or co-workers.
  • Respect the clients freedom of choice in regards to the massage and the right to refuse treatment
  • Do not practice under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any illegal substances (with the exception of prescribed dosages of prescription medication which does not significantly impair the therapist)
  • Have the right to refuse therapy to a client who is abusive or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any illegal substance
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner at all FSMTA functions
  • Do not deliberately misrepresent themselves, the facts, or the FSMTA in any way
  • Respect the boundaries of all other therapists, clients and FSMTA members
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