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PRACTICE STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES

 

SETTING PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS

The College adopts policy in the form of practice standards and guidelines to help ensure that podiatrists meet a high standard of competence and ethical conduct in treating their patients.

Practice standards are prescriptive in nature in that they set out a required minimum level that must be demonstrated.  Standards are enforceable rules.  In every case a standard must be met unless it does not apply to the particular practice.

Practice guidelines provide recommendations regarding a desirable minimum level that should be obtained, or how to address a practice issue. Podiatrists are permitted some discretion and flexibility in deciding how to meet the described goals.  Guidelines may actually have the force of a mandatory rule unless a practice can show equivalency through other measures.
 

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