Created January 2007; reviewed January 2013.
Section 1: ASCP Code of Ethics
Members of Associated Skin Care Professionals shall abide by the ASCP Code of Ethics and shall promote the art and science of skin care.
Section 1: Name
The name of this organization is Associated Skin Care Professionals, hereinafter referred to as ASCP.
Section 2: Offices
- The main office of ASCP shall be located at 25188 Genesee Trail Road, Suite 200, Golden, CO 80401.
- ASCP reserves the right to relocate and/or open offices at such other places as the Board of Directors may designate.
- The mailing address of ASCP shall be PO Box 1869, Evergreen, CO 80437.
Section 1: Title Use
- The name ASSOCIATED SKIN CARE PROFESSIONALS, its logos, and the initials ASCP may be used in any advertising, articles, business cards, etc. by current, active members of ASCP in reference to their status as a member only. Any such use shall be made in an ethical manner and shall reflect appropriate discretion.
- When using the ASCP name and/or logo, members must designate they are members of ASCP.
Section 1: Affiliations
- The Board of Directors of ASCP may from time to time decide to affiliate with other organizations for the purposes of networking, uniting the profession, and expanding the working capabilities of ASCP.
- The Board of Directors of ASCP shall have complete authority and discretion regarding the requirements, implementation, and/or termination of any such affiliations.
Section 1: Publication Names
- The official publications of ASCP shall include 1) Successful Business Handbook, 2) Skin Deep magazine, and 3) Fine Lines newsletter.
Section 2: Purpose
- To provide qualified ASCP members with information and materials to assist in their practices, to keep the ASCP membership informed as to major issues affecting the skin care profession, and to disseminate educational materials and information pertinent to this profession.
- To promote ASCP.
Section 1: Disciplinary Procedures
- The ASCP Board of Directors may terminate and/or deny any membership or membership renewal at any time for any reason.
- Should any member: 1) be charged with misconduct and/or failure to practice their profession in accordance with the principles and standards set forth in the ASCP Code of Ethics; or 2) be accused of using his/her membership in ASCP for fraudulent purposes; said member shall be informed in writing of the charges made against him/her and shall be granted the privilege of presenting a written defense to the ASCP Board of Directors. The Board shall review the evidence presented and render a decision based upon the evidence available.
- In the event the Board of Directors determines that a member has violated the principles of the ASCP Code of Ethics, has been convicted of a moral offense or felony by a governmental authority, is guilty of misconduct unbefitting an ASCP member, and/or is in default in payment of membership dues, said member's membership shall be revoked and such member shall be denied all rights and privileges of membership in ASCP. Upon demand of the Board of Directors or its designee, said member shall surrender to ASCP all membership certificates, documents, and various other member materials.
- It shall be deemed a violation for any individual whose membership in ASCP has been revoked or who is not currently a paid member in good standing to wear, use, display or advertise the ASCP logo, certificate, member card or claim membership in ASCP. Any such violations may be subject to legal action.
- Decisions of the Board of Directors are considered final.
Section 2: Grievance Procedures
- Complaints alleging a violation of conduct or Code of Ethics by a member must be submitted in writing to the ASCP Board of Directors. Such written complaint shall be signed by the complainant and shall state fully in as precise a manner as possible the facts surrounding the acts considered to be violations, and the nature and extent of the alleged violations. A grievance may be initiated by any member or by the Board of Directors. Any member of the public may file a complaint by writing the ASCP Board of Directors.
- All documents and findings of the proceedings involving disciplinary procedures shall be kept strictly confidential in order to protect the rights of the accused, unless ordered released by a court of law.
- A member against whom a grievance has been submitted shall be informed in writing of such grievance by the Board of Directors by certified mail, return receipt requested, sent within thirty (30) days of receipt of said complaint.
- The Board of Directors may at any time communicate with a member against whom a grievance/complaint has been filed, the person who filed said grievance/complaint, or both, in order to determine whether the matter can be resolved among the parties without further ASCP involvement. In the event the matter can be resolved between the parties pursuant to mediation by the Board of Directors or its designee, the Board of Directors shall withdraw the grievance and close the matter.
- Decisions of the ASCP Board of Directors are considered final.