FSPHP Guidelines, Policies and Position Statements

FSPHP Guidelines


FSPHP Research Guidelines for Investigators

These guidelines were developed by the FSPHP to help investigators interested in working with Physician Health Programs (PHPs) or with data enerated by PHPs, in order to inform prospective investigators, standardize procedures, and facilitate research collaboration. The guidelines are meant to promote and facilitate research excellence in the field of physician health. 
Click here to download the Research Guidelines
Click here to submit a Research Proposal Planning Sheet to FSPHP.

2019 FSPHP Physician Health Program Guidelines

The Federation of State Physician Health Program Guidelines have been designed by FSPHP members with subject matter expertise to assist State Physician Health Programs (PHPs) with achieving accountability, consistency and excellence.  An earlier version of these Guidelines was developed and accepted by the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) in 2005. The new 2019 FSPHP PHPs Guidelines  expand upon the original Guidelines, reflecting developments in the science, practice, and scope of PHP services over the past decade. Many PHPs assist healthcare professionals in addition to physicians, such as dentists, nurses, veterinarians, and/or pharmacists. The use of the Guidelines for other professionals is left to the discretion of the individual PHP.


FSPHP Policies                                     

FSPHP Other Policy

FSPHP Code of Ethical Conduct

Wed, 01/13/2021

This is an FSPHP policy on the Code of Ethical Conduct, adopted in 2000, amended in 2012 and updated in 2021. 



FSPHP Public Policy

FSPHP Public Policy Statement: Physician Illness, Disability, and Impairment: Differentiation and Responsibility

April 6, 2022
FSPHP’s Public Policy Statement “Physician Illness, Disability, and Impairment:  Differentiation and Responsibility“




FSPHP Position Statements


FSPHP Statement on Sexual Misconduct in the Medical Profession

May 2019
Position Statement
FSPHP Statement on Sexual Misconduct in the Medical Profession and references has been developed by the FSPHP Public Policy Committee and approved by the FSPHP Board of Directors in May 2019.


FSPHP Statement on Racism, Discrimination and Health Equity

July 2020

In July 2020, the FSPHP Board of Directors issued this statement reaffirming its value statement on equality that opposes discrimination against physicians and the medical community. Here, the FSPHP commits to advocate against discrimination in all its forms, within and outside the organization.  FSPHP will seek opportunities to partner with other national health organizations to demand racial justice and humane treatment for all individuals regardless of age, education, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or financial status.


FSPHP Safety Considerations for Medication Treatment for Monitored Health Professionals

December 8, 2021

Purpose: To provide guidance to member physician health programs and other stakeholders regarding safety considerations for medication treatment of opioid use disorders, specific to the monitored health professional.

The information provided above is for informational and educational purposes only and does not constitute or imply recommendations for treatment. Prepared by the FSPHP MAT Task Force and Approved by the FSPHP Board of Directors on December 8 2021. Copyright 2021 ©