New Code of Ethics Takes Effect March 1 ASHA’s revised Code of Ethics (2016) includes a glossary of terms and new and modified language in several principles and rules that address, for example, interprofessional collaboration, self-reporting of professional sanctions, and treatment of people with diminished decision-making capability. The Board of Ethics reviews and revises the code regularly to ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   March 01, 2016
New Code of Ethics Takes Effect March 1
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ASHA News   |   March 01, 2016
New Code of Ethics Takes Effect March 1
The ASHA Leader, March 2016, Vol. 21, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.21032016.60
The ASHA Leader, March 2016, Vol. 21, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.21032016.60
ASHA’s revised Code of Ethics (2016) includes a glossary of terms and new and modified language in several principles and rules that address, for example, interprofessional collaboration, self-reporting of professional sanctions, and treatment of people with diminished decision-making capability.
The Board of Ethics reviews and revises the code regularly to clarify language and to amend or add provisions that reflect new and changing issues related to clinical service delivery and research.
New provisions under the revised code include:
  • Members must report to ASHA within 30 days if they have been convicted of, found guilty of or pled guilty/no contest to any felony or a misdemeanor involving dishonesty or physical harm to a person or property or if they have been publicly sanctioned by a professional credentialing association or licensing authority.

  • Members must report colleagues who are unable to provide services skillfully and safely to internal or external authorities, as appropriate, and must report professionals from other disciplines who they know violated standards of care to the appropriate professional authority or board when the violation compromises the welfare of people served and/or research participants.

  • Members must not knowingly make false financial or nonfinancial statements.

  • Certified members must use independent and evidence-based clinical judgment that meets the best interests of those being served; and administrators and supervisors may not require or allow their staff to provide clinical services that compromise the staff member’s independent and objective professional judgment.

The full text of the revised code goes into effecton March 1. Read a transcript of a February Web chat, “Navigating the Revised Code of Ethics (2016)”. A webinar, “The Many Gray Areas of Ethical Decision Making,” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22.
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