The Association of Professional Therapists and Lecturers 

Code Of Ethics

The Code of Ethics is provided to advise members of APTL what acceptable practise is.  It is intended to ensure that the public are protected from improper practices and to establish and maintain proper standards of behaviour by members.


"Members" refers to all categories of membership of any therapist organisation i.e. Therapist Members, and Lecturer Members. 


Members are obliged to uphold the standards of the profession and shall conduct themselves in a manner that always demonstrates good taste and professionalism 

Members agree to act honourably towards their clients and fellow practitioners.

Members always agree to maintain the confidentiality of their clients.

Members must not criticise the work of fellow practitioners.

Members must not undertake treatments which are not covered by their insurance and outside of their knowledge and professional training. 

Members who do not hold a relevant medical qualification must not offer health advice to clients but must recommend their clients consult a medical practitioner..

Members should carry out a full consultation before treating a client for the first time and enquire if the client is under the care of a medical practitioner.

Members must not treat any client for a condition knowing that the client is under the care of a medical practitioner, specifically when the condition may be contra-indicated and require medical consent. 

Members must not engage in activities which are illegal or immoral. 

Members must not work in or be associated with establishments which offer services which are illegal or immoral.


Any breach of The Code of Ethics may be deemed professional misconduct.  The Association of Professional Therapists and Lecturers reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in such cases.  The decision of the APTL in such cases is final. All certificates, badges, signs and publicity materials remain the property of the organisation and must be returned on termination of membership.

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