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Confidentiality is integral to the Professional Standards process. For the Professional Standards Committee to function properly it must be able to maintain strict confidentiality. When the Professional Standards Committee is contacted for assistance, the procedure calls for it to “go confidential” assuring the individual that anything said will be held in the strictest confidence. We should keep in mind that the individual(s) shall adhere to this confidentiality as well. Once the Committee and the individual(s) filing the complaint agree to this process, then the need to know rule must apply. This means the case must not be discussed with anyone unless they have a need to know of the situation.
The Professional Standards Committee will keep the names of the individual(s) reporting possible cases to the Professional Standards Committee confidential if the reporter requests anonymity. However, it must be recognized that the circumstances of some cases may make anonymity difficult. The Professional Standards Committee may provide the submitter with acknowledgment that the case is being handled according to NEC (National Executive Council) policy. However, no other details or actions should normally be revealed except in cases where it is necessary to bring the reporter and the other party together for resolution.
Considering the circumstances of the case, confidentiality for the Association member referred to the Professional Standards Committee will also be honored to the maximum extent possible. Only those Committee members needed to resolve the case will be privy to the names and details. “Need to know” will be the test when deciding who to consult.
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