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.