Medical writers have a responsibility to accurately and objectively convey scientific information. They should respect the confidentiality of any material provided to them, unless otherwise stated. The communicator should be familiar with professional ethical statements, such as the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) Code of Ethics. Professional medical communicators are distinguished from ghostwriters by ensuring that the authors control the content and the communicator’s contribution is acknowledged (Woolley, 2006).

AIM’s response: As a member of AMWA, I use the Code of Ethics to guide my professional conduct, from the type of projects on which I work to how I prepare my client’s documents. I understand how important it is to present accurate and objective information to the scientific community.

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