Professional standards for doctors

Our professional standards, set out in 11 categories, provide a framework for ethical decision making in a wide range of situations. They should be followed as far as practical in the circumstances.

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Our archived professional standards dating back to 1993 are available on our professional standards archive. We also have a range of patient guides and materials

How we develop professional standards

When we develop or revise our professional standards we talk to a wide range of people and gather evidence from lots of sources. You can find out more about how we do this in the 'setting standards for doctors' section.