Code of Conduct
The Equine Fitters Council set listing criteria for inclusion in the Equine Fitters Directory. A central requirement is that each listed fitter must agree to abide by the ‘Code of Conduct and Professional Practice’.
The Equine Fitter Code of Conduct and Professional Practice
Adopting the Equine Fitter Code of Conduct shows a commitment to consistently treat humans and equids fairly, safely, and legally. It demonstrates recognition of the responsibilities that follow when a person claims specialist knowledge, skill, or ability to perform a particular task for which they are rewarded. And it shows alignment with the objective of the EFC, “to advance and provide for the welfare of horses and with that aim to support those working with horses.”
There is currently no statutory requirement that a person fitting a saddle, bit, bridle, or harness must meet standards of training, conduct, or professional development.
The Equine Fitter Code of Conduct sets the foundation for a fair and transparent disciplinary process which may be applied to those who agree to the jurisdiction of the Council, but fall below the standards set.
What is a Code of Conduct?
A code of conduct is typically developed in areas that are not regulated by government:
- A code of conduct is a set of guidelines that outlines the ethical and professional behaviours expected of members of a profession.
- It helps to establish and maintain standards of professionalism and integrity within the profession, which can enhance the reputation and credibility of the profession as a whole.
- A code of conduct can also serve as a reference point for professionals to use when faced with ethical dilemmas or challenging situations, helping them to make decisions that are consistent with the values and principles of the profession.
- Additionally, a code of conduct can help to protect the public by ensuring that professionals adhere to certain standards of practice and conduct, which can promote trust and confidence in the profession.
You can download the EFC Equine Fitter Code of Conduct and Professional Practice here