The New—and Improved—ASHA Code of Ethics Council Addresses Assistants, Telehealth, Other Issues ASHA News
ASHA News  |   December 01, 2001
The New—and Improved—ASHA Code of Ethics
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ASHA News   |   December 01, 2001
The New—and Improved—ASHA Code of Ethics
The ASHA Leader, December 2001, Vol. 6, 1-28. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.06232001.1
The ASHA Leader, December 2001, Vol. 6, 1-28. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.06232001.1
At its annual meeting held during the Convention, the Legislative Council (LC) approved a new ASHA Code of Ethics. The full text of the new code appears on page 2.
The key changes to the code include the following.
  • Addition of new rules (Principle I, Rules D and E) addressing the appropriate representation and use of assistants, technicians, support personnel, or other nonprofessionals by individuals who hold the Certificates of Clinical Competence.

  • Addition of a new rule (Principle I, Rule J) permitting use of a telehealth service delivery model by speech-language pathologists and audiologists, except where it is prohibited by law.

  • Revision of rule (Principle II, Rule D), which addresses the delegation of responsibilities to others, in order to clarify the language describing certified individuals and to make the rule consistent with the new Rule E under Principle I, which addresses the tasks that may be delegated.

  • Addition of new rule (Principle III, Rule C) regarding the need to ensure that referrals are based solely on the patient/client’s interests.

  • Revision of rule (Principle IV, Rule B) to include sexual harassment with other forms of unethical conduct that adversely reflect on the professions or on the individual’s fitness to serve persons professionally.

  • Addition of a new rule (Principle IV, Rule C) prohibiting individuals from engaging in sexual activities with clients or students over whom they exercise professional authority.

  • Addition of a new rule (Principle IV, Rule E) prohibiting plagiarism and stating the need to give appropriate credit when using other persons’ ideas, research, presentations, or products.

The process culminating in the new Code of Ethics started with a review of the code by the Board of Ethics (formerly the Ethical Practice Board) to determine whether the code addressed the current needs of the professions. The Board of Ethics also reviewed other organizations’ codes of conduct and current ASHA policy documents and proposed changes that were disseminated for widespread peer review. The Board of Ethics considered the peer review input, made changes based on the comments, and had the code reviewed by ASHA legal counsel prior to submitting the resolution to approve the proposed new Code of Ethics for LC action.
The new Code of Ethics is posted on ASHA’s Web site. It may also be obtained through Fax-on-Demand by calling 877-541-5035 and requesting document #0913, or by calling the Action Center at 800-498-2071. For more specific information on the Code of Ethics, contact David Denton through the Action Center at ext. 4146 or by email at
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