Issues in Ethics Statements

From time to time, the Board of Ethics determines that members and certificate holders can benefit from additional analysis and instruction concerning a specific issue of ethical conduct. Issues in Ethics statements are intended to heighten sensitivity and increase awareness. They are illustrative of the Code of Ethics and intended to promote thoughtful consideration of ethical issues. They may assist members and certificate holders in engaging in self-guided ethical decision-making. These statements do not absolutely prohibit or require specific activity. The facts and circumstances surrounding a matter of concern will determine whether the activity is ethical.

Effective March 1, 2016, the ASHA Board of Ethics amended the Code of Ethics in a comprehensive revision. Currently, the Issues in Ethics statements are being updated by the Board of Ethics and it is critical, therefore, that anyone seeking guidance from an Issues in Ethics statement pay particular attention to the possibility that the Rules or Principles have changed in relevant ways since it was published. Some of the changes are "non-substantive," such as the renumbering of a Rule section. In these circumstances, the Board Issues in Ethics statement remains valid, even though a particular citation to a Rule may no longer be consistent with the current version. The Board of Ethics urges anyone consulting an Issues in Ethics statement to read it in light of the Code of Ethics (2016).

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