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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 June 2020.

Read the current NZMA Code of Ethics.

Other oaths and statements:

The Declaration of Geneva was adopted by the Second General Assembly of the World Medical Association, Geneva Switzerland, September 1948, and has been amended periodically with the latest iteration 6 November 2017.

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