Professional Codes versus External Enforcement: Chinese and Australian Norm-Setting in Pharmaceutical Ethics Compared

Liping DU

Abstract


This paper examines how norms are introduced and implemented in the production and trade of medicines in China and Australia. Through a discussion of the status of the pharmaceutical profession in these two countries, it argues that in China the propagation of professional standards and the control over their implementation are exclusively a matter for external sanctions, while in Australia the validity of a pharmacists’ professional code reduces the need for external supervision. The paper further investigates the systemic and institutional reasons for this difference.
Key words: Professional codes; Ethics; Pharmacists; Medicines

Keywords


Professional codes; Ethics; Pharmacists; Medicines



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.ccc.1923670020110704.322

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