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About the British Academy of Audiology


The British Academy of Audiology

We are the largest association of professionals in hearing and balance in the UK. Our membership extends internationally and provides services in both the public and private sector.

The BAA aims to help its members to develop in their professional skills, provide a benchmark for quality and professional standards and promote audiology as an autonomous profession.

The pages in this section will allow you to understand the structure of the association, its Board and President, its vision and constitution and the committees that drive its activity.

Here too you can find details of how to contact the association and of ways in which, as a private company, you may wish to advertise with us.


Professional and Ethical Behaviour for Audiologists

Audiologists as Healthcare Practitioners and Scientists carry considerable responsibility requiring complex judgements and clinical decision making. They often work with the most vulnerable in society at times when they are acutely unwell. Moreover, patients, colleagues and the public must have complete trust that each Healthcare Science Professional acts with honesty, integrity and in the best interests of the patient. For this reason, it is important to recognise that your behaviour may determine whether you are ‘Fit to Practise’ as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

British Academy of Audiology (BAA) has adopted the Health Professions Council Code of Conduct as our Code. However, members of other registration bodies such as the RCCP must of course adhere to those as well (there is little difference in the underlying principles of these).  An audiologist who is reprimanded by, or suspended or expelled from, their registration body is likely to have similar action taken by the BAA, following appropriate investigation. 
 
We also believe that professional and ethical behaviour are much more than rule following. Whilst the code of conduct may act like a guide, we encourage all the audiologists to continually think about and be aware of ethical and moral issues associated with their actions and practices.
 
Useful Links:

Health Professions Council - Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics
http://www.hpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/standards/standardsofconductperformanceandethics/

The National Archives - The Universal Ethical Code for Scientists
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.dti.gov.uk/science/science-and-society/public_engagement/code/page28029.html
 
American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) – Codes of Ethics
http://www.asha.org/docs/pdf/ET2010-00309.pdf
 
American Academy of Audiology – Code of Ethics
http://www.audiology.org/resources/documentlibrary/Pages/codeofethics.aspx