Charter of Ostomates' Rights

Issued by the International Ostomy Association (IOA) Co-ordination Committee in June 1993

It is the declared object of the IOA that all ostomates shall have the right to a satisfactory quality of life after their surgery and that this CHARTER shall be realised in all countries of the world.

Ostomates also have the right to:

  • Receive pre-operative counselling to ensure that they are fully aware of the benefits of the operation and the essential facts about living with a stoma
  • Have a well constructed stoma placed at an appropriate site, and with full and proper consideration to the comfort of the patient
  • Receive experienced and professional medical support and stoma nursing care in the pre-operative and post-operative period, both in hospital and in their community.
  • Receive full and impartial information about all relevant supplies and products available in their country.
  • Have the opportunity to choose from the available variety of ostomy¬†¬† management products without prejudice or constraint.
  • Be given information about their national ostomy association, and the services and support which can be provided.
  • Receive support and information for the benefit of their family, personal carers and friends to increase their understanding of the conditions and adjustments which are necessary for achieving a satisfactory standard of life with a stoma.