Only U.S.-based recruiters and employers that subscribe to the Voluntary Code of Conduct for the Ethical Recruitment of Foreign-Educated Health Professionals to the United States (Code) truly demonstrate industry leadership by participating in external monitoring and becoming an early adopter of transparent, ethical recruitment practices. 

Certified ethical recruiters are setting an industry standard in corporate social responsibility by:

Raising the bar

While individual companies have their own codes of conduct, this initiative provides independent third party verification of compliance with ethical standards that have been jointly negotiated with a range of stakeholders. These standards represent an operationalization of principles put forth in the World Health Organization’s Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel and have been agreed to by 193 WHO Member States, including the United States.

Redefining “clients”

Certified ethical recruiters recognize that their clients are both U.S. healthcare organizations and also the health professionals being recruited. Through external monitoring, the Alliance is able to provide certified ethical recruiters with data and information on the firsthand experiences of recruited health professionals, best practices, and ways to further improve business performance. In return, health professionals gain a better appreciation of their responsibilities in the recruitment process.

Innovating partnerships

Certified ethical recruiters enter into a partnership with the Alliance that facilitates the transparent exchange of feedback, insights, and expertise that benefits the lives of the health workers they recruit, the quality of care those health professionals provide to patients, and the impact health professional migration has had on source countries. The Alliance values the feedback received by Certified Subscribers and uses this information to develop and test programs, policies, and procedures.


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Stakeholder Comments





"The Code clearly demonstrates our commitment to ethical recruitment practices. It separates us from non-subscriber organizations and helps distinguish us in the eyes of our customers, the healthcare professionals we recruit, and the hospitals and healthcare facilities we serve."

Marcia Faller, O'Grady Peyton International





“The Seal reinforces our credibility with hospitals. They want assurance that the recruitment process we use in finding their nurses is ethical, transparent, and responsible. Using recruiters and placement agencies that carry the Seal also gives them confidence that they are dealing with reputable partners.”

Corazon Bautista, International Healthcare Corporation