Volunteers are an integral component of the International Orthoptic Association’s (IOA) success. The IOA benefits greatly from the time, expertise, wisdom and enthusiasm its volunteers bring to the fulfilment of the organization’s mandate. Through this Code, the IOA aims to assist volunteers by setting clear expectations for behaviour and performance. The fundamental principle of this Code is personal responsibility for professional conduct, consistent with the standards of professionalism long espoused by the IOA.
The following standards of conduct are meant to supplement good judgement. The list of situations described is not exhaustive but representative of common circumstances that may arise where additional information may help clarify expectations or guide behaviour. If a volunteer has any questions about these standards, he or she is encouraged to contact the IOA Director of Volunteers for guidance.