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ASCP Code of Ethics

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As a member of Associated Skin Care Professionals, I will appropriately use my membership, and the logos, materials, and resources it provides, to establish my credibility and market my practice. I pledge my commitment to the highest principles of the esthetics profession, as outlined here:

1. Commitment to My Clients
  • I will serve the best interests of my clients at all times and provide the highest quality service possible.
  • I will maintain clear and honest communications with my clients.
  • I will maintain the confidentiality of health-related or personal information clients share with me, and demonstrate compassion and respect at all times.
2. Commitment to Do No Harm
  • I will not work outside my scope of practice, as defined by state and federal laws and regulations.
  • I will only provide treatments and techniques for which I am fully trained, and will represent my education, training, qualifications, and abilities honestly. I will refer the client to another provider if the client requires work beyond my own abilities, scope of practice, or training.
  • I will maintain my professional knowledge, including my knowledge of the physiological effects and contraindications of the treatments I offer, in order to determine what will be most beneficial to a given individual.
  • I will not apply contraindicated products or techniques without a written referral from the client’s primary care physician, and will cooperate with health-care professionals in a friendly and professional manner.
3. Commitment to My Profession
  • I will project a professional image in my behavior, personal appearance, and work environment.
  • I will maintain the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in my interactions with clients, business associates, health-care professionals, and the general public.
  • I will not use alcohol or mind-altering drugs before or during professional sessions.
  • I will actively participate in educating the public on the benefits of maintaining and improving healthy skin.
  • I will advocate for my profession when my voice is needed for protection and improvement of my scope of practice.
4. Commitment to Good Business Practices
  • I will promote my services ethically and in good taste, and will not make false claims regarding the potential benefits of the services and products I provide.
  • I will conduct my business honestly and in compliance with the law, in regard to financial matters, record keeping, and all other aspects of business.