It Could Happen to You: IBLCE Ethics and Discipline Procedure

Time-frame: 60-90
CERP: yes

“There but for fate go I.”  Everyone knows that “bad acts” like fraud, negligence, or intentional wrong-doing are forbidden by healthcare providers’ (HCPs) ethical and professional codes.  But do you sometimes worry that even excellent professional clinical practices might get you in trouble?  Most IBCLCs are unfamiliar with the disciplinary procedures required by their mandatory IBLCE Code of Professional Conduct, even if they are vaguely aware they must follow those rules.  Your rights in a disciplinary case are different from those in a law suit, and it is alarming to realize what you don’t (and can’t) know if you find yourself on the wrong end of a complaint.  This session will first describe the basics of the disciplinary process for IBCLC certificants. Case studies will explore professional behaviors that could give rise to a disciplinary complaint. We will also discuss those “red herrings:” situations where disciplinary action is wrongly threatened, for perfectly acceptable IBCLC behaviors.  This session explains the rights an IBCLC holds in an official disciplinary complaint (as either complainant, or respondent) and offers suggestions for how to confidently respond to those who accuse the IBCLC of overstepping, where none has occurred.

At end of this E-CERPs-eligible session, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify three mandatory, and one voluntary, practice-guiding document(s), for an IBCLC.
  2. Define the elements of the IBLCE Code of Professional Conduct requiring IBCLC compliance with IBLCE disciplinary Procedures.
  3. Describe the procedures used by the Ethics & Discipline Committee of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners to conduct disciplinary proceedings.


Country: USA
Phone number: 215-836-9088
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