Code of Ethics
Section 4. Specific Offenses
C. Expert Testimony
I. It is in the public interest that medical expert testimony be readily available, objective and unbiased. Candidates or diplomates have an obligation to testify as expert witnesses when appropriate. However, candidates or diplomates whose testimony, including testimony as to credentials or qualifications, is false, deceptive, or misleading may be subject to disciplinary action. Further to help limit possibly misleading testimony, candidates or diplomates serving as expert witnesses should:
- Have experience in the area in which they testify,
- Thoroughly review the medical facts and testify to their content fairly, honestly and impartially,
- Be familiar with the standards of practice prevailing at the time of the occurrence,
- Neither condemn performance that clearly falls within generally accepted practice standards nor endorse or condone performance that clearly falls outside of such standards.