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April 27, 1984

Recent Opinions of the Judicial Council of the American Medical Association

JAMA. 1984;251(16):2078-2079. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340400016006

Accreditation  Physicians who engage in activities that involve the accreditation, approval, or certification of institutions, facilities, and programs that provide patient care or medical education or certify the attainment of specialized professional competence have the ethical responsibility to apply standards that are relevant, fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory. The accreditation of institutions and facilities that provide patient care should be based on standards that focus on the quality of patient care achieved. Standards used in the accreditation of patient care and medical education, or the certification of specialized professional attainment, should not be adopted or used as a means of economic regulation.

Artificial Insemination by Donor  Physicians have an ethical responsibility to use the utmost caution and scientifically available screening techniques in the selection of donors for use in artificial insemination. Relying only on donors' verbal representations of their health, without any medical screening, is precarious. The donor should be screened