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Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners Proposed Rule

October 15, 2008                                                     Bulletin 2008-No. 02


The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners ("Board") proposed new Rule 80.11, concerning a Code of Ethics. The new rule is proposed to address a gap in the Board's rules by codifying a standard of ethics and professional responsibility. This rule is modeled on the Code of Ethics of the American Chiropractic Association, which is available at


Proposed Rule 80.11, Code of Ethics, follows:


(a) Licensees shall employ their best good faith efforts to provide information and facilitate understanding to enable the patient to make an informed choice in regard to proposed chiropractic treatment. Licensees shall allow the patient to make his or her own determination on such treatment.


(b) Licensees shall willingly consult other health care professionals when such consultation would benefit their patients or when their patients express a desire for such consultation.


(c) Licensees shall not discriminate as to which patients they choose to serve on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, creed, gender, handicap or sexual preference.


(d) Licensees shall conduct themselves as members of a learned profession and as members of the greater healthcare community dedicated to the promotion of health, the prevention of illness and the alleviation of suffering. As such, licensees should collaborate and cooperate with other health care professionals to protect and enhance the health of the public with the goals of reducing morbidity, increasing functional capacity, increasing the longevity of the U.S. population and reducing health care costs.


(e) Licensees shall not behave in a manner which gives the appearance of professional impropriety. So as not to erode the public trust, licensees shall avoid any actions which may benefit the licensee to the detriment of the profession.


(f) Licensees shall recognize their obligation to help others acquire knowledge and skill in the practice of the profession. They shall maintain the highest standards of scholarship, education and training in the accurate and full dissemination of information and ideas.


Comments on the proposed new rule may be submitted to Mary Feys, Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 333 Guadalupe Street, Tower III, Suite 825, Austin, Texas 78701 or via e-mail to or via facsimile to (512) 305-6705 no later than October 25, 2008.



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