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FAQs for Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards Review

Q: Why is the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards (2010) [Code and Ethics Standards] being reviewed?

A: All of AOTA’s official documents are reviewed on 5-year cycles to assure that they reflect contemporary practice and professional standards.  

 Q: How do I share my opinion about what is or is not in the Code and Ethics Standards?

A: We have several opportunities for AOTA members to provide feedback.

  • Send comments to the EC to consider for the preliminary draft by June 6 to code@aota.org.
  • Send comments to the EC on the preliminary draft after it’s posted (late July or early August).
  • Take the survey, which will be posted after the preliminary draft is posted.
  • Participate in the OT Connections forum that will be established after the preliminary draft is posted.
  • Provide feedback to your Representative Assembly rep when the revised draft is submitted to them for adoption (late December or early January).

AOTA will keep members updated on these deadlines through AOTA Alerts, OT Practice, and the AOTA website. Click here for a link to the Review Process.

Q: Who decides what will be in the final version of the Code and Ethics Standards?

A: The Representative Assembly is responsible for establishing professional standards and policies. The EC will submit a final draft of a revised Code and Ethics Standards to the Assembly, based on comments from AOTA members, state licensure boards, NBCOT, and other interested stakeholders. The Representative Assembly then votes on adoption. Disagreement is common in any democratic process, but we strive to ensure that everyone’s views have been heard, regardless of the final outcome.

Q: What is the jurisdiction of the Code and Ethics Standards?

A: The EC can hear ethics complaints only against AOTA members or those who were members at the time of the incident in question.