Code of Ethics

REPs Malta seeks an ethical advancement of the sport,health and fitness industry. It is true to the mission of REPs Malta to ensure that registered exercise professionals maintain ethical standards when practicing their profession. The REPs Malta Code of Ethics enables further protection to individuals seeking a healthy and balanced lifestyle. It is expected that all exercise professionals maintain a high degree of professionalism and ethical behaviour. All REPs Malta registered exercise professionals agree to abide by this Code of Ethics.


This code of ethics is intended to act as a clear guide to all Fitness Professionals registered with REPs Malta. In performing their role, it is expected that all REPs Malta registered exercise professionals maintain a high standard of professionalism and ethical conduct.


This code does not replace the principles and procedures adopted by employing bodies, relevant legislation nor do they deny other rights within society not specially mentioned.

All REPs Malta registered exercise professionals agree to follow the all principles of this code:


Professional Standards


Registered exercise professionals will:

  • Maintain a high level of competence by ensuring that continuous professional development is maintained in accordance with REPs Malta requirements.
  • Acknowledge the boundaries of their competence and recognise the need, where appropriate to refer to another professional specialist.
  • Respect the right of clients and not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, culture, impairment, language, age, gender, sexual preference, religion, political beliefs or status in society.
  • Inform participants clearly of any financial costs related to activities or services.
  • Maintain their level of qualification and undergo continuing professional development activities
  • Promote and maintain practice based on current knowledge and research
  • Act within the boundaries of their qualification and registration level
  • On request detail their qualifications, experience and registration details to participants
  • Recognise when it is important to refer a participant to another professional
  • Project an image of professionalism and good health
  • Understand legal responsibilities and accountability as an exercise professional
  • Accept responsibility for professional decisions


Professional Relationship


Registered exercise professionals will:

  • Not enter into personal relationships with clients which damages the reputation of your employer and/or the professional trust provided through your role as a Fitness Professional.
  • Respect the needs, traditions, practices, special competencies, and responsibilities of their own and other professions.
  • Ensure any physical contact is appropriate and is carried out with the participants’ full consent.
  • Ensure compliance with Children First legislation regarding safeguarding children when working with people under the age of 18.
  • Act with integrity as an exercise professional
  • Promote the welfare and best interests of participants
  • Ensure clarity, honesty and accuracy in all communications with participants and others
  • Avoid inappropriate behaviour in relations with participants while working as an exercise professional


Safety for Registered Professionals


The exercise professional will:

  • Prioritise the health and safety of their clients.
  • Ensure that all participants have been appropriately pre-screened and prepared for the use of equipment, where appropriate.
  • Ensure fitness training provided is applicable to the qualification you are registered to deliver.
  • Ensure that activities are appropriate to the needs of the client and all exercise is performed in a safe and controlled manner.
  • Maintain the safety of participants at all time
  • Not advocate of condone the use performance enhancing substances
  • Identify and respect the physical limits of ability of participant
  • Show a duty of care and deal with accidents and emergencies appropriately
  • Ensure participants have prepared adequately for activity


General Safety for Registered Professionals


  • Have appropriate and adequate insurance cover for the activities that they carry out.
  • Contribute to the continuing development of the profession by critical evaluation of professional practice, research, apprenticeships, continuing education and membership of REPs Malta.
  • Seek ethical approval from relevant bodies and informed consent from participants if undertaking research.
  • Ensure when publishing articles or comments, that it is clear whether they are representing the profession or whether they are making personal comment.
  • Not do anything that brings themselves, another fitness professional, a fitness centre, REPs Malta, or the fitness industry into disrepute
  • Ensure advertising of services is truthful, inoffensive and does not make claims that can not be supported
  • Confidential information relating to clients complies with data protection legislation and any other relevant legislation.
  • To only disclose information to other persons/organisations that is necessary, and with the explicit permission of the client.



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