State Codes and Ethical Provisions

Codes of ethics or professional conduct are principles designed to help professionals conduct business honestly and with integrity, and are generally aspirational in nature. Where a state has a code in statute or regulation, we have included the link below. If a state does not reference a specific code, we have included what constitutes grounds for discipline. Statutes and regulations may change at any time, so check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

If you are interested in advocating for a code of ethics in your state practice act, you can use ASHA’s Code of Ethics as suggested language. For more information regarding these ethical provisions, contact ASHA Ethics at ethics@asha.org

Alabama

Alabama Administrative Code [PDF]
Chapter 870-X-6 Code of Ethics (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

Alaska

Alaska Statutes and Regulations [PDF]

  • Sec. 08.11.080 Grounds for imposition of disciplinary sanctions on an audiologist (Audiologists)
  • Sec. 08.11.083 Grounds for imposition of disciplinary sanctions on a speech-language pathologist assistant (Speech-Language Pathology Assistants)
  • Sec. 08.11.085 Grounds for imposition of disciplinary sanctions on a speech-language pathologist (Speech-Language Pathologists)
  • Sec. 08.11.100 Prohibited acts

Arizona

Arizona Revised Statutes

  • Title 36 – Public Health and Safety – Chapter 17
  • Article 3 – Code: 36-1934 Denial, revocation or suspension of license; hearings; alternative sanctions (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
  • Article 4 – Code: 36-430 Unlicensed operation prohibited; injunction (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)  

Arkansas

Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Rules and Regulations [PDF]

  • Section 5: Licenses (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
  • Section 7: Disciplinary Action (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
  • Section 8: Code of Ethics (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

California

California Constitution
Chapter 5.3, Article 4: Denial, Suspension and Revocation (Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists)  

Colorado

Colorado Revised Statutes

Connecticut

General Statutes of Connecticut

Delaware

  • Delaware Administrative Code 9.0 Code of Ethics for Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, and Hearing Aid Dispensers
  • Delaware Code, Chapter 37, Subchapter I., Speech/Language Pathologists, Audiologists, and Hearing Aid Dispensers 

District of Columbia

Florida

Florida Statutes (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

Georgia

Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia
Rule 609-4-.01: Principles and Standards of Conduct (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology) 

Hawaii

Hawaii Revised Statutes [PDF] (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

  • Section 468E-13: Disciplinary action
  • Section 468E-8: License 

Hawaii Administrative Rules [PDF] Section 16-100-48: Misconduct in practice (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

Idaho

Idaho Statutes (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

Illinois

Illinois Administrative Code* (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
Section 1465.95: Professional Conduct Standards

Indiana

Health Professions Standards of Practice

Iowa

Iowa Administrative Code [PDF] Discipline for Speech Pathologists and Audiologists

  • Section 645-304.2(272C): Grounds for Discipline 
  • Section 645-304.3(272C): Method of Discipline 

Kansas

Kansas Statutes [PDF] (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
Section 65-6508: Denial, revocation, suspension or limitation of license; grounds

Kansas Administrative Regulations [PDF] (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
Section 28-61-11: Unprofessional Conduct

Kentucky

Kentucky Revised Statutes and Administrative Regulations [PDF] (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

  • Section 334A.180 Licenses, causes for revocation, suspension or denial
  • Section 201 KAR 17:041 Professional Code of Ethics

Louisiana

Louisiana Rules, Regulations, and Procedures
Chapter 7, Section 701: Code of Ethics (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

Maine

Department of Professional and Financial Regulation – Board of Speech, Audiology and Hearing [PDF]

  • Chapter 11 Code of Ethics
  • Chapter 12 Professional Misconduct

Maryland

Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)
02 Ethical Responsibilities
(Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

  • C. Professional Conduct
  • F. Sexual Misconduct

Massachusetts

Board of Registration in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Michigan

Michigan Public Health Code 

  • 333.16221 Investigation of licensee, registrant, or applicant for licensure or registration; hearings, oaths, and testimony; complaint; grounds (Speech-Language Pathology)
  • 333.16803 Practice of Audiology; license required; use of words, titles, or letters (Audiology)
  • 333.17607 Speech-language pathology; license required; restrictions (Speech-Language Pathology)

Minnesota

Minnesota Statutes

  • Chapter 148, Public Health Occupations 
  • 148.5195 Investigation Process and Grounds for Disciplinary Action

Mississippi

Regulations Governing Licensure of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists [PDF]

  • Rule 10.8.1 Standards of Conduct
  • Rule 10.8.7 Sanctions

Missouri

Missouri Revised Statutes (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
Section 345.065: Denial, revocation or suspension of license or registration, grounds for, alternatives – criminal penalties for violation of chapter

Montana

Administrative Rules of Montana

  • 24.222.2301 Unprofessional Conduct (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
  • 24.222 Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Nebraska

Statutes, Rules and Regulations [PDF] (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

  • 23-006 Disciplinary Actions
  • 23-006.02 Unprofessional Conduct & Sexual Misconduct

Nevada

Nevada Administrative Code*
Professional Conduct and Standards of Practice (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules*

New Jersey

New Jersey Administrative Code [PDF] (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

  • Subchapter 8: Standards of Professional Conduct
  • Subchapter 10: Disciplinary Actions

New Mexico

New Mexico Administrative Code (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

New York

New York Laws, Rules and Regulations (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
Part 29, Unprofessional Conduct [PDF]

North Carolina

North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

North Dakota

North Dakota Century Code
Chapter 43-37 (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

Ohio

Ohio Administrative Code (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Administrative Code [PDF] (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
Chapter 15: Rules of Practice

Oregon

Oregon Administrative Rules (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
Section 335-05-0010: Professional and Ethical Standards

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Code
Subchapter C. Standards of Practice and Conduct  (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Code of Regulations
Chapter 5-48: Speech Pathology and Audiology

South Carolina

South Carolina Code of Laws Unannotated (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

  • Chapter 67, Section 40-67-110: Actions warranting disciplinary action
  • Chapter 115 [PDF], Article 3: Code of Ethics

South Dakota

South Dakota Codified Laws: Audiology

South Dakota Codified Laws: Speech-Language Pathology

South Dakota Administrative Rules* : Speech-Language Pathology
Section 20:79:06:04: Rules of professional conduct

Tennessee

Rules of Tennessee Board of Communications Disorders and Sciences [PDF] (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

  • Section 1370-01-.13: Unprofessional and Unethical Conduct
  • Section 1370-01-.15: Disciplinary Actions, Civil Penalties, Assessment of Costs, and Subpoenas

Texas

Texas Administrative Rules (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
Subchapter P. Responsibility of the Licensee and Code of Ethics, Section 111.155: Standards of Ethical Practice (Code of Ethics)

Texas Law (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology) 
Subchapter J. License Denial and Disciplinary Procedures, Section 401.451: Grounds for License Denial and Disciplinary Action

Utah

Utah Administrative Code* (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
Section R156-41-502: Unprofessional Conduct 

Vermont

Vermont Statutes*

  • Chapter 67: Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers
  • Chapter 87: Speech-language Pathologists

Virginia

Regulations Governing the Practice of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (9/20/18)

  • 18VAC30-21-150: Prohibited conduct
  • 18VAC30-21-160: Unprofessional conduct

Washington

Revised Code of Washington
Chapter 18-35: Hearing and Speech Services

West Virginia

West Virginia Code (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations 

  • Subchapter I, Section 459.10: Disciplinary grounds (Hearing instrument specialists)
  • Subchapter I, Section 459.34  Disciplinary proceedings and actions (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

Wyoming

Current Rules and Statutes
Wyoming Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Rules and Regulations*  

  • Chapter 9: Practice and Procedures for Disciplinary, Application, and Licensure Matters
  • Chapter 11: Practice of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

  

* Adopts or refers to a version of ASHA's Code of Ethics

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