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Article I

The name of the organization:

“World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence.”

Article II

The purposes of the World Federation include the following elements:

  • Promote good will and cooperation among its members throughout the world.
  • Promote the growth and development of medication assisted treatment services, founded on the principles of evidence-based treatment practices and effective clinical services.
  • Advise its members concerning advances in treatment, research, practice and policy.
  • Promote the coordination and communication among medication assisted programs and treatment professionals throughout the world.
  • Assist the general public in understanding the use and value of medication assisted treatment in treating opioid addiction.
  • Enhance the quality of patient care and the provision of services to opioid dependent individuals and their families with attention to gender differences and the special needs of some patients.

Article III

Principles of General Governance

  • The World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence consists of continental, regional, national, Professional organisations, treatment professionals, and patient advocacy groups agreeing to establish best practice standards to treat opioid addicted individuals effectivelly.
  • This World Federation works to promote evidence based government and public policy concerning the use of proven and effective pharmacotherapies to treat opioid addiction.

Article IV

  • The World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence encourages its members to follow principles of effective treatment, supporting established scientific and evidence based practices.

Article V - Canon of Ethics

Members of the World Federation subscribe to the following Canon of Ethics.

  • Ensure that patients are treated with compassion, respect and dignity regardless of race, religion, age, sex, handicaps or sexual orientation.
  • Treatment programs and treatment professionals employ competent and responsible personnel, who adhere to a strict code of professional ethics including, but not limited to, the prohibition of exploitation of patients.
  • Member programs and treatment professionals subscribe to published and effective treatment principles, which are based on evidence-based practices.
  • Member programs and treatment professionals provide patients with accurate and complete information regarding opioid treatment and the nature of available services and availability of alternative treatment modalities prior to admission and throughout the treatment process.
  • Member programs and treatment professionals ensure that discharge from treatment is conducted in accordance with sound and medically acceptable practices. The patients are assured of due process if the discharge is administrative in nature.
  • Member programs and treatment professionals ensure that the patients receive their care in a safe and clean environment and that the treatment experience is conducive to a therapeutic process.
  • The member programs and treatment professionals take all necessary and appropriate precautions to maintain individual patient records and information in a confidential and professional manner.