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Opinion 9.10 - Peer Review

Medical society ethics committees, hospital credentials and utilization committees, and other forms of peer review have been long established by organized medicine to scrutinize physicians’ professional conduct. At least to some extent, each of these types of peer review can be said to impinge upon the absolute professional freedom of physicians. They are, nonetheless, recognized and accepted. They are necessary, and committees performing such work act ethically as long as principles of due process (Opinion 9.05, "Due Process") are observed. They balance the physician’s right to exercise medical judgment freely with the obligation to do so wisely and temperately. (II, III, VII)

Issued prior to April 1977; Updated June 1994.