||Code of Ethics
preservation of the highest standards of integrity and ethical
principles is vital to the responsible discharge of obligations in the
professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. This Code of
Ethics sets forth the fundamental principles and rules considered
essential to this purpose
Every individual who is a) a
member of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, whether
certified or not, b) a nonmember holding the Certificate of
Clinical Competence from ASHA, c) an applicant for membership or
certification, or (d) a Clinical Fellow seeking to fulfill standards
for certification, shall abide by this Code of Ethics.
action that violates the spirit and purpose of this Code shall be
considered unethical. Failure to specify any particular responsibility
or practice in this Code of Ethics shall not be construed as denial of
the existence of such responsibilities or practices.
fundamentals of ethical conduct are described by Principles of Ethics
and by Rules of Ethics as they relate to responsibility to persons
served, to the public, and to the professions of speech-language
pathology and audiology.
Principles of Ethics, aspirational
and inspirational in nature, form the underlying moral basis for the
Code of Ethics. Individuals shall observe these principles as
affirmative obligations under all conditions of professional activity.
of Ethics are specific statements of minimally acceptable professional
conduct or of prohibitions and are applicable to all individuals.
PRINCIPLE OF ETHICS I
Individuals shall honor their responsibility to hold paramount the welfare of persons they serve professionally.
Rules of Ethics
A. Individuals shall provide all services competently.
B. Individuals shall use every resource, including referral when appropriate, to ensure that high quality service is provided.
Individuals shall not discriminate in the delivery of professional
services on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, age, religion,
national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
Individuals shall fully inform the persons they serve of the nature and
possible effects of services rendered and products dispensed.
Individuals shall evaluate the effectiveness of services rendered and
of products dispensed and shall provide services or dispensed products
only when benefit can reasonably be expected.
shall not guarantee the results of any treatment or procedure, directly
or by implication; however, they may make a reasonable statement of
G. Individuals shall not evaluate or treat speech, language, or hearing disorders solely by correspondence.
Individuals shall maintain adequate records of professional services
rendered and products dispensed and shall allow access to these records
when appropriately authorized.
I. Individuals shall not
reveal, without authorization, any professional or personal information
about the person served professionally, unless required by law to do
so, or unless doing so is necessary to protect the welfare of the
person or of the community.
J. Individuals shall not charge
for services not rendered, nor shall they misrepresent, in any fashion,
services rendered or products dispensed.
K. Individuals shall use persons in research or as subjects of teaching demonstrations only with their informed consent.
Individuals whose professional services are adversely affected by
substance abuse or other health-related conditions shall seek
professional assistance and, where appropriate, withdraw from the
affected areas of practice.
PRINCIPLE OF ETHICS II
Individuals shall honor their responsibility to achieve and maintain the highest level of professional competence.
Rules of Ethics
Individuals shall engage in the provision of clinical services only
when they hold the appropriate Certificate of Clinical Competence or
when they are in the certification process and are supervised by an
individual who holds the appropriate Certificate of Clinical Competence.
Individuals shall engage in only those aspects of the professions that
are within the scope of their competence, considering their level of
education, training, and experience.
C. Individuals shall continue their professional development throughout their careers.
Individuals shall delegate the provision of clinical services only to
persons who are certified or to persons in the education or
certification process who are appropriately supervised. The provision
of support services may be delegated to persons who are neither
certified nor in the certification process only when a certificate
holder provides appropriate supervision.
shall prohibit any of their professional staff from providing services
that exceed the staff member's competence, considering the staff
member's level of education, training, and experience.
Individuals shall ensure that all equipment used in the provision of
services is in proper working order and is properly calibrated.
PRINCIPLE OF ETHICS III
shall honor their responsibility to the public by promoting public
understanding of the professions, by supporting the development of
services designed to fulfill the unmet needs of the public, and by
providing accurate information in all communications involving any
aspect of the professions.
Rules of Ethics
A. Individuals shall not misrepresent their credentials, competence, education, training, or experience.
For purposes of this Code of Ethics, misrepresentation includes any
untrue statements or statements that are likely to mislead.
Misrepresentation also includes the failure to state any information
that is material and that ought, in fairness, to be considered.
PRINCIPLES OF ETHICS IV
Individuals shall honor their responsibilities to the professions and their relationships with colleagues, students and members of allied professions. Individuals shall uphold the dignity and autonomy of the professions, maintain harmonious interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships, and accept the professions’ self-imposed standards.
Rules of Ethics
A. Individuals shall prohibit anyone under their supervision from engaging in any practice that violates the Code of Ethics.
B. Individuals shall not engage in dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or any form of conduct that adversely reflects on the professions or on an individual’s fitness to serve persons professionally.
C. Individuals shall assign credit only to those who have contributed to a publication, presentation, or product. Credit shall be assigned in proportion to the contribution and only with the contributor’s consent.
D. Individuals’ statements to colleagues about professional services, research results and products shall adhere to prevailing professional standards, and shall contain no misrepresentations.
E. Individuals shall not provide professional services without exercising independent professional judgment, regardless of referral source or prescription.
F. Individuals shall not discriminate in their relationships with colleagues, students and members of allied professions on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.
G. Individuals who have reason to believe that Code of Ethics has been violated shall inform the Ethical Practice Board.
H. Individuals shall cooperate fully with the Ethical Practice Board in its investigation and adjudication of matters related to this Code of Ethics.