Medics.Academy Ethics Policy
Mission statement & Values
At Medics.Academy we strive to develop and deliver global access to world-leading, formally accredited and quality assured medical education. Using innovative technology we are driving a digital transformation to significantly change training and professional development around the world. We aim to increase standards, provide opportunities worldwide and play our part in creating a global community to improve health globally. Medics.Academy values accessibility and equity and believes all healthcare professionals should have the means to engage with and contribute to medical education; at any level and at any time.
In doing so, we at Medics.Academy are committed to ensuring that our code of conduct meets the highest ethical standards. This document is intended to outline the key principles upon which these standards are built.
Company Code of Conduct
Ethical employer practices
Will abide by the policies laid out in the staff handbook.
The standard policy of not undertaking illegal or corrupt activities.
Content published on the Medics.Academy platform will be created using evidence-based research or accepted best practice.
Research and studies behind the content must have been ethically obtained;
All quoted data should have been published in peer-reviewed journals and thus followed stringent ethical research policies laid out by the journals.
Content will be peer-reviewed by senior healthcare professionals where appropriate, to ensure clinical accuracy.
Medics.Academy will strive to ensure that content providers review courses at regular intervals to ensure the up-to-date accuracy of information.
Any patient data used in educational content will adhere to the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Access to Health Records Act 1990.
Medics.Academy will remind content providers of their professional duty to highlight, detail or signpost opposing views and arguments within each course.
Medics.Academy will give content providers the autonomy to publish content on the Medics Academy platform as they see fit without censorship as long as it meets the standards of quality and ethical conduct deemed acceptable to Medics.Academy.
Medics.Academy will provide information to help empower users to analyse disseminated information accurately and responsibly.
Medics.Academy will maintain full transparency to the public where there are conflicts of interests of either Medics.Academy or its content providers.
Content Providers & Partnerships
External content providers and partners will need to agree to work by the educational, ethical and legal policies laid out by Medics.Academy.
Medics.Academy will not work with individuals or companies that are:
- Directly known to be involved in illegal/corrupt activities;
- Directly involved with promoting practices that have been proven to be detrimental to health, including but not limited to:
- Known to conflict with Medics.Academy’ key values.
Medics.Academy will undertake a vetting process to understand the practices of external partners and ensure their principles are aligned with Medics.Academy.
Following this, potential partners will be required to sign a declaration of:
- Legal and ethical practices that match with Medics.Academy, as detailed in staff handbook;
- Conflicts of interest
- Issues around conflicts of interests will be determined on a case-by-case basis to ensure they do not clash with Medics.Academy’ ethical standards.
If Medics.Academy later discovers any such illegal or unethical practices, or undeclared conflicts, they will consider any contracts with the partner void and cease business with the said partner.
Funding and Investments
Medics.Academy will not accept monetary investments or sponsorship from entities known to take part in unethical or illegal practices.
Medics.Academy will take all possible measures to ensure all investments are consistent with our ethical standards and are in no way associated with activities or partnerships that are incongruent with our mission statement or values.
Marketing and Advertising
Medics.Academy will adhere to marketing and advertising regulations and standards as set out in the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising, Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing (CAP Code and the UK Code of Broadcast Advertising Code)
Medics.Academy will consider regulations in countries outside the UK for online material.
All third party sites and marketing platforms used or linked to by Medics.Academy websites will be vetted to ensure they are compatible with Medics.Academy ethical code.
Medics.Academy will maintain transparency where product promotion has been financed by a beneficiary.
All customer data held by Medics.Academy will be treated in accordance with standards set by the Information Commissioner’s Office.