Respect for life is in all circumstances the primary duty of the medical
and health professional.
The medical and health professional must treat with the same
conscience of any patient regardless of social status, nationality, religion,
philosophical opinion, reputation, and feelings.
In no case shall he exercise his profession in conditions that may
compromise the quality of his care and his actions.
Except in cases of force majeure, the medical and health professional
must provide emergency assistance to a patient in immediate danger.
He may not abandon his patients even in cases of public danger unless
ordered to do so in writing by the order of the competent authority.
Unless otherwise provided for by law, professional secrecy is imposed
on the medical professional.
In their relations, the medical and health professionals and the patient
have the following guarantees, each as far as he is concerned:
-free choice of the professional by the patient
-freedom of care for the medical and health professional
-payment of fees by the patient.
The medical and health professional must not practice his art as a
(1) The only indications that a medical and health professional is
allowed to mention on his professional printed matter, business cards
or in a directory are:
-those which facilitate his relations with patients;
-the titles, functions and qualifications officially recognized and relating
to the profession.
- honorary and scientific distinctions.
(2) The only indications that a medical and health professional is
authorized to display on the door of his practice are: the surname, first
names, titles, days and hours of consultation and possibly the floor.
These indications must be presented in a measured manner, in
accordance with the practices of the profession, on a plate not
exceeding 25 cm by 30 cm.
In case of possible confusion, the mention of the first name(s) may be
required by the Council.
The medical and health professional must practice his profession in
conditions that allow him the regular use of an installation and the
technical means necessary for the practice of his art.