The National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® was established in 2001 to create and enforce strong industry standards and practices for our profession, stressing honesty, objectivity, integrity, and competency. Our goal is to set clear and effective parameters of behavior for all individuals affected by the industry, including both physicians and clients. All NALTO® company members and the physicians they represent are held to the guidelines for professional conduct outlined below. You can also download the full Best Practice Guidelines.

The guidelines of practice and procedure for locum tenens companies, clients, and physicians work to protect the best interests of all parties. Responsibilities of locum tenens companies include:

  • Maintain signed contracts and fee agreements with all clients before curriculum vitae (CV) can be submitted for consideration.
  • Request a physician’s permission before submitting their CV for consideration to a client.
  • Attempt to resolve any disputes between locum tenens companies with minimal involvement on the part of the candidate and the client.
  • Maintain regular contact with clients and honor all contractual agreements.
  • Represent all client opportunities accurately and completely.

Standards of practice for clients and physicians ensure the best possible business relationship between clients, physicians, and locum tenens companies. Clients and physicians should:

  • Honor contractual agreements with locum tenens companies and reject other forms of communication from companies where no formal working arrangement exists.
  • Maintain thorough records of communication.
  • Keep the locum tenens company appraised of any changes in intention, search criteria, etc.
  • Respond promptly to communications from the locum tenens company.
  • Report any violation or infraction of the NALTO® code of ethics.

NALTO® is an organization that works tirelessly to protect and support locum tenens companies, physicians, and healthcare facilities. If you believe a violation of the NALTO®  code of ethics has occurred, please contact NALTO® to submit a report. You can download the NALTO® Best Practices in Credentialing guidelines. You can also download the NALTO® complaint form and submit it to us via fax or mail.