State Codes and Ethical Provisions

Codes of ethics or professional conduct are principles designed to help professionals conduct business honestly and with integrity. 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


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


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


Colorado Revised Statutes


General Statutes of Connecticut


  • 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 Statutes (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)


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


Hawaii Revised Statutes (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)

Hawaii Administrative Rules [PDF] Chapter 100 (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)


Idaho Statutes (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)


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


Health Professions Standards of Practice


Iowa Administrative Code: Discipline for Speech Pathologists and Audiologists

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


Kansas Statutes [PDF] (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
Article 65

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


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

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


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


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

  • Chapter 11 Code of Ethics
  • Chapter 12 Professional Misconduct


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

  • C. Professional Conduct
  • F. Sexual Misconduct


Board of Registration in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology


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 Statutes

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


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

  • Rule 10.8.1 Standards of Conduct
  • Rule 10.8.7 Sanctions


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


Administrative Rules of Montana

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


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

  • 23-006 Unprofessional Conduct


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 Administrative Code (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)


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


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


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


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


Vermont Statutes*

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


Regulations Governing the Practice of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology [PDF]

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


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

West Virginia

West Virginia Code (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)


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)


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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