Ethics & Medical Communication
The issue of ethics in medical communication is important to the professional medical writing community. Medical communicators who adhere to ethical practices contribute to strengthening the integrity of the medical literature, improving medical treatment and fostering confidence and trust in and respect for the undertaking of medical research and communication.
AMWA developed a code of ethics that requires AMWA members to adhere to 8 principles "guiding the professional activities of medical communicators so as to engage only in activities that bring credit to their profession, to AMWA, and to themselves." Eric W. Martin, PhD, AMWA president in 1971, is credited with developing the original AMWA Code of Ethics in 1973. It has been revisited and updated to consider changes in the professional over the years.
- AMWA Code of Ethics
- AMWA Position Statement on the Contribution of Medical Writers to Scientific Publications
- AMWA Journal article: Story behind position statement
- AMWA Journal article on position statement
- Fact Sheet on the contributions of medical writers to scientific publications
- Ethics and Medical Communication FAQs
- Letter to the Editor template that can be used to write to the editor of a journal that does not acknowledge the contributions of medical communicators
- Publication and Ethical Guidelines and Statements from other organizations
- How to acknowledge a medical writer; poster presented at: 63rd Annual Conference of the American Medical Writers Association; September 18-20, 2003; Miami, FL
- Article on how to work ethically with medical writers
- AMWA Grievance Policy