Ethical Guidelines for Remote Viewers
The International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA) is the largest and most respected international organization promoting the responsible practice of, education and training in, and research into the art, science, and phenomenon of Remote Viewing. We believe in and support the principles of verifiable truth, integrity, honesty, transparency, and responsibility in dealing with clients, persons subject to remote viewing as targets, the scientific community, the news media, law enforcement, and the general public. It is the purpose of these Ethical Guidelines to provide our members with a clear understanding of their responsibilities as active members of the Association and operational remote viewers. These Guidelines are also intended to protect the public and the Association from the unethical practice of remote viewing, wherever and in whatever nation remote viewers train, practice, and operate worldwide.
A "client" shall be construed to include any individual person, group, or legal entity, whether public or private, that solicits, engages, or retains the services of one or more Remote Viewers or Remote Viewing organizations, whether on a free or payable-fee basis.
"Operational Remote Viewing" shall be construed to mean remote-viewing activity conducted towards any real-world target to accomplish some practical or pragmatic intentional objective, whether on a free or payable-fee basis. Such remote-viewing activity shall not be deemed to include any remote viewing conducted exclusively for one or more of the purposes of training, practice, general education, or scientific research.
- Remote Viewers shall adhere to all applicable laws, statutes, and regulations of the state or province in which they are working, as well as of their nations of work and residence, in carrying out any operational or other remote-viewing activity on behalf of clients or themselves, and, in particular, concerning any living human person or persons as targets.
- A Remote Viewer shall provide honest, accurate, remote-viewing-based reports to clients to the best of his or her ability, using and acting in conformance with remote-viewing protocols generally accepted as facilitating the reception of truthful, reliable, and accurate remote viewing-originated information.
- A Remote Viewer shall safeguard all confidential information provided to him or her by clients and exercise the utmost care to prevent any unauthorized disclosure of such information.
- A Remote Viewer shall maintain confidentiality with clients to protect the privacy interests of all persons involved in the remote-viewing activity, unless duly and properly authorized otherwise. The targeting of persons and the collection of personal information about them shall only be done for lawful purposes. And, except when in aid of a bona fide law-enforcement investigation, any personal information so collected shall not be disclosed to any third party without the knowing permission, secured beforehand, of the particular person or persons so targeted, identified, or about whom personal information has been collected. No remote viewer shall make a disclosure of information to any person not authorized by the client or by applicable laws, statutes, or regulations.
A Remote Viewer shall disclose to any client any conflict, whether legal, moral, or personal, that would prevent the remote viewer from performing
an objective, fair, accurate, and scientifically sound remote-viewing session. When soliciting work, a Remote Viewer shall always conduct himself
or herself in an ethical manner and shall refrain from misrepresenting the nature, character, accuracy potential, or reliability potential of
remote viewing and its various protocols and processes beyond what is verifiably known or reasonably posited by documented experience or reputable
(1) In "conducting oneself in an ethical manner," a Remote Viewer should also undertake to refrain from misrepresenting or disparaging any other remote viewer in any public or media forum in order to obtain a work assignment or an unfair advantage while performing an active work assignment, or while carrying out the duties of the Association.
(2) The term "reputable scientific research" is intended to mean peer-reviewed, published research performed according to generally accepted scientific methods. This provision seeks to set a cognizable standard to increase the credibility of proper remote-viewing activity, as distinguished from other, less rigorously performed forms of paranormally cognitive functioning.
A Remote Viewer shall, within the scope of his or her personal authority and to the best to his or her ability, act to ensure that all other
persons associated with a remote-viewing assignment for a client adhere to these Ethical Guidelines while performing remote-viewing activities on
behalf of the client. Such activities shall include, among others, targeting, tasking, remote viewing, session analysis, and the operational
management of the remote-viewing process.
Note: This provision lists the essential elements of standard remote-viewing practice, known to and accepted by those in the remote-viewing training and operational communities. It is intended to encourage the practice and self-regulation of ethical behavior according to norms embodied in these guidelines.
A Remote Viewer shall refrain from any conduct that would bring reproach by or negative attention from the general public, news media, or law
enforcement to the remote viewer acting as a remote viewer; the field of remote viewing in general; his or her client, if any; or the Association.
Note: This provision is not an enforcement tool, but rather seeks to encourage the practice of ethical behavior as it pertains to remote viewing, while practicing remote viewing, so as not to bring any undue negative publicity to the practice of remote viewing in general or to the individual remote viewer engaging in such activity.
- A Remote Viewer shall never undertake a remote-viewing assignment that is or might reasonably be construed as being contrary to the protection of the national or internal security interests of that state, province, or nation in which he or she is resident.