The Code of Ethics as 3 major sections: Principles, Guidelines, and Complaint Procedure. The preamble or prefaces for these sections of the code are paraphrased below.
The Principles of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) are core values intended to aid all members and affiliates to act in an ethically professional manner. The Principles are not a set of laws, but standards of ethical conduct. The Principles provide a framework for members and affiliates to conduct themselves with respect to patients, colleagues, and the public. Corporate affiliates shall abide by these same ethical principles, where applicable.
The Guidelines are intended to assist members and affiliates to interpret and implement the Principles. The Guidelines cannot be all-inclusive, so members and affiliates should refer to the Principles for situations not specifically addressed in the Guidelines.
Any allegation of ethical misconduct by a member reported to the Ethics Committee will be carefully considered in a fair, impartial manner. It is the strong preference of the AAPM Ethics Committee to encourage good ethical behavior, not to punish poor behavior. The Ethics Committee is a resource available to members to assist them in resolving questionable ethical situations when possible, without resorting to filing an official complaint.