31. Before providing professional services, occupational therapists must obtain the free and informed consent of their clients or their legal representatives, unless in an emergency.
To do so, occupational therapists must inform their clients of the following:
(1) the aim, nature and relevance of the primary treatment methods and professional services that will be provided;
(2) the advantages, inconveniences, risks and limitations of these professional services, as well as their alternatives;
(3) the option to refuse in whole or in part, the professional services offered, or to cease to receive the services at any time, and, if applicable, the consequences of such a refusal.
If circumstances warrant, occupational therapists must also communicate to clients other relevant information, in particular:
(1) the fact that services may be provided, in whole or in part, by another person;
(2) the appropriate caution regarding evaluation methods, measurement instruments or treatment methods that have not been sufficiently tested;
(3) the mutual responsibilities of the parties, including, if applicable, agreement on the amount of fees and other expenses, as well as the terms and conditions of payment;
(4) confidentiality rules and their limitations, as well as the conditions associated with forwarding confidential information about the treatment.