60.4. Every professional must preserve the secrecy of all confidential information that becomes known to him in the practice of his profession.
He may be released from his obligation of professional secrecy only with the authorization of his client or where so ordered or expressly authorized by law.
The professional may, in addition, communicate information that is protected by professional secrecy, in order to prevent an act of violence, including a suicide, where he has reasonable cause to believe that there is a serious risk of death or serious bodily injury threatening a person or an identifiable group of persons and where the nature of the threat generates a sense of urgency. However, the professional may only communicate the information to a person exposed to the danger or that person’s representative, and to the persons who can come to that person’s aid. The professional may only communicate such information as is necessary to achieve the purposes for which the information is communicated.
For the purposes of the third paragraph, “serious bodily injury” means any physical or psychological injury that is significantly detrimental to the physical integrity or the health or well-being of a person or an identifiable group of persons.
1994, c. 40, s. 51; 2001, c. 78, s. 5; 2008, c. 11, s. 33; 2017, c. 10, s. 2611.