The Alliance for Ethical Recruitment Practices is a non-profit organization that works to ensure all foreign-educated professional are recruited in a fair, ethical, and transparent manner for employment in the United States.
The Alliance was established in 2008 to advance a voluntary code of ethics developed by stakeholders across the healthcare sector to establish common ground in defining fair and transparent recruitment practices. On September 18, 2017, the Alliance launched the new ’Health Care Code for Ethical International Recruitment and Employment Practices’ which has since been adopted by 16 firms, representing thousands of employees.
The Alliance has developed a monitoring, remediation, and verification process to certify that organizations are meeting ethical standards. Certified recruitment firms have undergone assessment of their practices and are subject to recertification every two years. Through public reporting, the Alliance provides foreign-educated health professionals and health care organizations with credible information to make responsible decisions when they are considering contracting with a recruiter.
In 2019, the Alliance presented at the World Health Organization to apply lessons from the Alliance Code beyond the United States. The Philippines Nurses Association of America (PNAA) incorporated the Alliance Code into its Code of Ethics in 2019.
A comprehensive assessment of the State of Foreign Educated Health Professional Recruitment was developed by the Alliance, and its parent CGFNS; it was submitted to the American Journal of Nursing and is published in the January 2020 edition.