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Issue Date: December 2019
Published Online: December 30, 2019
Updated: August 06, 2020
Enforcement Procedures for the AOTA Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics
Author Notes
  • Adopted by the Representative Assembly 2015NovCO13 as Attachment A of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the Ethics Commission.
    Adopted by the Representative Assembly 2015NovCO13 as Attachment A of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the Ethics Commission.×
  • Reviewed by BPPC 1/04, 1/05, 9/06, 1/07, 9/09, 9/11, 9/13, 9/15, 7/19
    Reviewed by BPPC 1/04, 1/05, 9/06, 1/07, 9/09, 9/11, 9/13, 9/15, 7/19×
  • Adopted by RA 4/96, 5/04, 5/05, 11/06, 4/07, 11/09, 12/13, 11/19
    Adopted by RA 4/96, 5/04, 5/05, 11/06, 4/07, 11/09, 12/13, 11/19×
  • Revised by SEC 4/98, 4/00, 1/02, 1/04, 12/04, 9/06
    Revised by SEC 4/98, 4/00, 1/02, 1/04, 12/04, 9/06×
  • Revised by EC 12/06, 2/07, 8/09, 9/13. 9/15, 2/19
    Revised by EC 12/06, 2/07, 8/09, 9/13. 9/15, 2/19×
  • This document replaces the 2015 document Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards, previously published and copyrighted in 2015 by the American Occupational Therapy Association in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(Suppl. 3), 6913410012. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2014.696S19
    This document replaces the 2015 document Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards, previously published and copyrighted in 2015 by the American Occupational Therapy Association in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(Suppl. 3), 6913410012. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2014.696S19×
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Official Documents   |   December 30, 2019
Enforcement Procedures for the AOTA Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2019, Vol. 73, 7312410003. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S210
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2019, Vol. 73, 7312410003. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S210
Abstract

The principal purposes of the AOTA Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics (hereinafter referred to as the Code) are to help protect the public and to reinforce its confidence in the occupational therapy profession rather than to resolve private business, legal, or other disputes for which there are other, more appropriate forums for resolution. The Code is also an aspirational document to guide occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students toward appropriate professional conduct in all aspects of their diverse professional and volunteer roles. It applies to any conduct that may affect the performance of occupational therapy as well as to an individual’s behavior in another capacity that reflects negatively on the reputation of occupational therapy.

The Enforcement Procedures for the AOTA Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics (hereinafter referred to as the Enforcement Procedures) have undergone a series of revisions by the Association’s Ethics Commission (EC) since their initial adoption. This public document articulates the procedures followed by the EC as it carries out its duties to enforce the Code. A primary goal of these Enforcement Procedures is to ensure objectivity and fundamental fairness to all individuals who may be parties in an ethics complaint. The Enforcement Procedures help ensure compliance with the Code, which delineates enforceable Principles and Standards of Conduct that apply to Association members.