The WSMA is governed by four policy documents: WSMA Policy
Compendium, WSMA Principles of Medical Ethics, WSMA Bylaws and WSMA
Judicial Council opinions.
If you have questions about WSMA's policy on a particular issue, please
Jennifer Hanscom, WSMA's executive director/CEO.
WSMA Policy Compendium
collects all policy as passed by the
WSMA House of Delegates.
The WSMA Principles of Medical Ethics are the current
Principles of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association. These principles outline the standards of conduct that define the
essentials of honorable behavior for the physician.
WSMA Bylaws, revised October 2020. These bylaws define the association, its
governance and regulation of its affairs.
Opinions of the WSMA Judicial Council reflect the association's position on a variety of medical ethical
issues. Opinions of the Judicial Council are intended as guidelines to
responsible professional behavior.