CMTO issues guidelines for RMTs dealing with conflicts of interest

Massage Therapy Canada staff
October 03, 2016
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario has published new guidelines dealing with conflict of interest for registered massage therapists.

"A registrant is in a conflict of interest if the registrant's personal or financial interest conflicts or appears to conflict with the exercise of his or her professional judgment or duty to act in the best interest of the client," the new Conflict of Interest Guidelines stated.

The documented pointed out that RMTs are in a "unique relationship of trust" with clients, and therefore must be particularly attentive to potential conflicts of interest.

The college defined conflict of interest as a situation that would arise when a "reasonable person could perceive that the registrant's professional judgment or duty to act in the best interest of the client may be influenced by a personal benefit, such as deeply held belief or financial benefit.

The document identifies four common situations involving a conflict of interest that may potentially arise in a massage therapy practice: referrals; recommending products or services; fee sharing; and referral-based rental agreements.

CMTO's new guidelines describes each of these potential conflict of interest situations, including the expectations of registrants in these situations.

Find the fill Conflict of Interest Guidelines in the CMTO website.

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