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Code of Ethics

The New Zealand Medical Association has traditionally undertaken the task of providing a Code of Ethics for the medical profession. All NZMA members must agree to comply with the Code. The Code lays down principles of ethical behaviour, applicable to all doctors including those who may not be engaged directly in clinical practice. It also includes recommendations for ethical practice.

The Code of Ethics was revised and approved in May 2014.

Read the current NZMA Code of Ethics.

Other oaths and statements:

The Hippocratic Oath (believed to date back to the 4th century BC)

The Declaration of Helsinki is the World Medical Association's best-known policy statement. First adopted in 1964, it was most recently amended in 2008.