LINES OF PROCEDURE FOR THE NATIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEES OF NACS
I. The composition of the committee
Each of the National organizations of NACS appoints an Ethics Committee composed of three memebers and one substitute member. The members of the committee are nominated by the National Board among the menmbers of the organization. No time limit of the membership of the Committee is fixed, but the composition of the Committee is evaluated by the National Board annually and may any time be revised by the Board by majority decision.
The Committee elects its presisdent and secretary. The president is the Committee’s contact to the National Board.
If a member of the Committee declares himself/herself to be disqualified to treat a spcial case, or the National Board find him/her disqualified to treat a special case, the National Board instead calls the substitute member.
II. The aim of the Committee
1. Beeing attentive to the function of the Ethical Rules of the organization and taking the initiative for any revisions of the rules.
2. Treating possible complaints of members of the organization. Furthermore, to give an account of the case to the National Board and make proposals for sanctions or some other settlements of the problem
III. General lines of the functions of the Committee
Any complaint or any other case of ethical relevance should be introduced in writing to the National Board. The National Board forwards the case to the Ethics Committee. Treating the case the Committee should make inquiries with the involved parties. If convenient, the parties may participate jointly. The Committee should give any accused person an opportunity to make his/her points of view in writing as well as orally. The Committe may consult persons with specialist knowledge relevant to the actual case.
The Committee returns the case the National Board with a proposal for further actions (e.g. an admonition, an order to acquire supervision, expulsionfrom the organization or losing the authorization if such is aquired from the organization) or any other settlement of the problem. Hereafter, the responsibility for any decision rests with the National Board.
Every correspondence about the case should be open for all involved parties. Beyond this, cases about individual persons should be strictly confidential. The president must emphasize the importance of the professional secrecy to any consultant before he/she is informed about the circumstances of the case