Code of Ethics


In keeping with the vision, mission and aim of the American Association for Safe Patient Handling and Movement (AASPHM), members accept the responsibility and obligations to uphold the values of the organization. We recognize that members of the Association belong to a variety of professions and maintain affiliations which have their own respective ethical codes. All members of the AASPHM are expected to remain in good standing in their professions, and to abide by the membership standards and codes of ethics of those respective professions, associations and institutions.


Members have the responsibility to act with honesty, integrity and good faith. In striving to fulfill this responsibility, the member will:

  •     Improve knowledge and skills through training, education and networking.
  •     Maintain and improve professional skills, knowledge, and competence.
  •     Advance safe patient handling and movement practice by supporting research.
  •     Uphold the vision, mission and aim of the Association.
  •     Advocate for patient and care provider safety.
  •     Promote cultural change to improve the patient care environment.
  •     Serve patients and clients within the areas of one’s skills and competence.


Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of interest may exist when members confront competing interests. Members will avoid engaging in activities that could be viewed as conflicts of interest. With this stated intention, the member will:

  •     Identify, acknowledge and disclose potential conflicts of interest.
  •     Avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.



The Association does not endorse businesses, products or services. Members of the Association, those serving on committees, or acting as consultants, shall not use, directly or by implication, the Association’s name or logo or their affiliation with the Association in the endorsement of products or services.

Code of Ethics (organizational affiliate members section)

The American Association for Safe Patient Handling and Movement (AASPHM) recognizes the value of healthcare organizations, educational institutions, equipment manufacturers and other parties that develop, manufacture, market, sell, purchase and use safe patient handling equipment, products, technologies and devices. Such entities may become affiliate members of AASPHM. The organization is dedicated to the advancement of safe patient handling and movement, and may partner with organizational affiliate members to facilitate the development and availability of innovative solutions made available to patients and those who provide their care.

AASPHM recognizes that all members of the association have a duty to act in the best interests of patient and caregiver safety. Organizational affiliate members must meet a high ethical standard and comply with all applicable legal requirements and regulations and be in good standing with regulatory agencies. In addition, organizational affiliate members will be expected to avoid any interests, investments, or activities which conflict or appear to conflict with the interests of the patient or client. Relationships with clients and patients shall be conducted with appropriate transparency and make full disclosure of all facts of any transaction which involves the possible conflict of interest to all parties involved.

Aim of Code of Ethics

The aim of this code of ethics is to promote a beneficial and collaborative relationship between the safe patient handling and movement community and organizational affiliate members with shared interest. The code of ethics is intended to:

  • Promote and advance safe patient handling and movement.

Organizational affiliate members may partner with the Association in the development and improvement of safe patient handling and movement equipment, products, technologies and devices.

  • Encourage the safe and effective use of safe patient handling and movement equipment, products, technologies and devices.

Organizational affiliate members are integral partners to advance the practice of safe patient handling and movement in providing appropriate education, instruction and training.

  • Support research initiatives.

Organizational affiliate members are encouraged to support bona fide research, which improves patient and caregiver safety and strengthens the evidence base for safe patient handling and movement practices in a variety of care setting.

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