The International Medical Informatics Association is proud to announce that the IMIA General Assembly has approved the endorsement of the updated 2016 IMIA Code of Ethics for Health Information Professionals at its General Assembly meeting on August 28th, 2016 in Munich, Germany.  IMIA acknowledges great appreciation of the revision of the “code”  to Dr. Eike-Henner W. Kluge, FRSC, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Professor of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada, for his time and dedication in providing IMIA with this valued document.  Dr. Kluge was the primary author of the original code in 2003, which was based on the contributions of a multiplicity of individuals, agencies and organizations and he has worked endlessly to update the code over the last couple of years.   In addition to the revised “code”, the detailed handbook of explanations that go along with the principles and clauses of the code has been updated and is now available.

IMIA Code of Ethics for Health Information Professionals – 2016 – English

Russian Translation – 2016
(This document has been translated by Evgeny L. Wasserman, MD, MS, PhD and was reviewed by Michael A. Shifrin, PhD, EFMI council member.)

Any feedback on translations can be forwarded to the IMIA office –

Changes that were made in the revision of the IMIA Code of Ethics 2003

Accompanying Handbook 2016 Version

Dr. Kluge has provided IMIA with an updated version of the Handbook of Ethics for Health Informatics Professionals

Handbook of Ethics for Health Informatics Professionals  – English Only


It should be noted that the IMIA Code of Ethics and the accompanying set of Rules of Ethical Conduct do not include what might be called “technical” provisions; that is to say, they do not make reference to such things as technical standards of secure data communication, or to provisions that are necessary to ensure a high quality of handling, collecting, storing, transmitting and manipulating, etc. of health care data This is purposive. While the development and implementation of technical standards has ethical dimensions, and while these dimensions are reflected in the Code and the Rules as ethical duties, the details of such technical standards are not themselves a matter of ethics.

If your organization is adopting the IMIA Code of Ethics for your membership, we request that you advise IMIA by e-mail to Elaine Huesing, CEO – .


IMIA Code of Ethics – archived 2003 version