8.  When making or using recordings you must respect patients' privacy and dignity, and their right to make or participate in decisions that affect them. This means that you must:

  • give patients the information they want or need to about the purpose of the recording.
  • make recordings only where you have appropriate consent or other valid authority for doing so.
  • ensure that patients are under no pressure to give their consent for the recording to be made.
  • where practicable, stop the recording if the patient asks you to, or if it is having an adverse effect on the consultation or treatment.
  • anonymise or code recordings before using or disclosing them for a secondary purpose, if this is practicable and will serve the purpose.
  • disclose or use recordings from which patients may be identifiable only with consent or other valid authority for doing so.
  • make appropriate secure arrangements for storing recordings.
  • be familiar with, and follow, the law4 and local guidance and procedures that apply where you work.5

9. And you must not:

  • make or participate in making recordings against a patient's wishes, or where a recording may cause the patient harm.
  • disclose or use recordings for purposes outside the scope of the original consent without obtaining further consent (except in the circumstances set out in paragraphs 10 and 15 -17).