Professional Secrecy

Exceptions to Professional Secrecy

Under review

While the general rules are intended to protect confidentiality and professional secrecy, the law provides for certain exceptions, notably when the health and security of the patient or of others is endangered. The Code of Ethics of physicians (sec. 20) in fact specifies that,

“A physician, in order to maintain professional secrecy, […]
5° may not divulge facts or confidences which have come to his personal attention, except when the patient authorizes the physician to do so or when the law authorizes or orders the physician to do so, or when there are compelling and just grounds related to the health or safety of the patient or of others;