Just in case you hadn’t received these these revisions to the Code of Ethics, I thought I would publish them here….
Revisions to NCBTMB Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
In keeping with the changing demands and expectations of the massage and bodywork profession, NCBTMB has made several substantive changes to its Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Section XIV of the Code of Ethics was amended to create an exception for pre-existing relationships to clarify legitimate exceptions for applicants or certificants who provide massage and bodywork to their spouse, partner or significant other. It is important to note that the pre-existing relationship must exist prior to an applicant or practitioner becoming nationally certified. Standard VI (a) of the Standards of Practice was amended to include the same exception for pre-existing relationships.
A change was also made to Standard VI (h), which now states that a certificant or applicant for certification can only provide therapeutic breast massage as indicated in the plan of care and after receiving informed voluntary written consent (instead of verbal consent) from the client. In addition, a definition for therapeutic breast massage has been added to the Standards’ Glossary of Terms. Please note that applicants and certificants should check to make sure they are in compliance with local ordinances and regulations that may address breast massage.
If you have any questions, contact Lauren Dziuban, Ethics & Discipline Manager, at 630-652-0469.