A table of requests and responses to date is now available for immediate viewing on the ASHI Web site. The Web site is the most effective and cost-efficient way to make this information available to the Membership and you’re encouraged to access it from this source. On request, the document will also be available to the Membership from HQ in PDF format via email, and on paper through regular mail. Publishing this information should improve understanding of how to interpret the SoP and CoE, and should avoid similar questions being asked repeatedly. In some cases, particularly significant interpretations may also be released or announced publicly if such public announcements would be beneficial for public understanding and/or affect the competitive position of the Membership as determined by ASHI leadership.
How the ASHI Membership requests interpretations
1) Before beginning the process, please review prior requests and responses. A similar question may have already been asked and answered.
2) ASHI Members and Candidates may download the request form from the ASHI Documents section of the Web site, use fax-on-demand or contact ASHI HQ to have the form mailed or emailed.
- Requests for interpretation are accepted only when the appropriate form is filled out in full as described below, signed by the requestor and filed with HQ by mail or fax (no email submissions accepted).
- Check the appropriate box to indicate if the question refers to the Standards of Practice or the Code of Ethics.
- State the question clearly. Statements lacking a question cannot be addressed.
- Do not use specific names in your question: instead describe characteristics.
- Preferred style implies a “yes”or “no” answer.
- Explain why your question is being asked.
Response completes committee's task
The Standards Committee undertakes this task as a service to the Membership. It reserves the right to decline requests, and for those it accepts, the response is the final step of the process. The Membership is advised to keep in mind that specific factual situations vary, and that interpretations are general in nature.
The interpretation service is separate from the complaint process. Only ASHI National is authorized to enforce Society policies, ethics, and rules. There is a formal complaints program and a separate committee, the Complaints Committee, charged with overseeing this process.