ASA Code of Conduct and Standards of Practice
Code of Conduct
The ASA Code of Conduct for Sonographers (Code) sets out the required standards of conduct and ethics, as well as other principles for safe and effective practice by sonographers. It provides a framework for assessing the conduct and ethics of sonographers for the purposes of membership of the ASA.
The ASA expects that its sonographer members understand and appreciate the importance of patient care and the significant role ultrasound plays in the delivery of health care to the community. The ASA expects that its sonographer members who provide diagnostic services or work in research will, at all times, practice in a professional manner and that they practice safely and effectively in accordance with principles of good practice.
The Code is to be read in conjunction with the Standards of Practice (Standards). The two documents together set the expected standards of sonographers who work in diagnostic practice or who undertake research.
Standards of Practice
The standards are intended to complement information and guidance issued by other organisations, such as employers and statutory authorities. At all times, sonographers must comply with any applicable laws governing the practice of sonography, such as statutory codes of conduct applicable to sonographers.
In general, a sonographer who is in breach of their legal responsibilities, including being in breach of any statutory code of conduct, will also be in breach of the ASA Code and Standards.