APA's Ethics Office promotes ethics throughout the field of psychology. The office supports the Ethics Committee in adjudicating ethics cases, offers educational programming, provides ethics consultations, and serves as a resource to members and the Association in addressing new ethical dilemmas as psychology grows and evolves as a discipline. If you are an APA member, the Ethics Office is here to serve you. Please let us know how we may best do so.

The APA Ethics Code

The American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, adopted by the APA Council of Representatives in August 2002, became effective in June 2003. Council amended the Ethics Code in 2010 and 2017. The code provides guidance for psychologists in all of their professional roles.

The APA Ethics Code

Honoring Participants of the EC-EPA Joint Ethics Initiative

The participants in the Ethics Committee (EC)–Ethnic Psychological Associations (EPA) Joint Ethics Initiative (PDF, 97KB) provided essential programming on the intersection of ethics and culture. By showcasing culturally-informed ethical perspectives that emphasized the specific cultural needs of communities of color, the EC and EPA participants demonstrated the importance of culturally-competent practice for all psychologists. The initiative highlighted the vital importance of incorporating concepts of culture and diversity within any future APA Ethics Code as critical guidance for the discipline. Additional resources from the Joint Ethics Initiative coming soon.

New Ethics Committee Notice

The Ethics Committee Notice containing information regarding expulsions from APA and Resignations While Under Ethics Investigation (PDF, 147KB) is now available for review by current APA members. This Notice is not available for review by student affiliates or international affiliates. You may review the Notice by logging onto your MYAPA account.

Educator Award Winner

Mitchell M. Handelsman, PhD Mitchell M. Handelsman, PhD, received the 2021 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education and Psychology.


writing-award-winner Winner of the 2021 Ethics Graduate Writing Competition
Meet the 2021 Ethics Committee Graduate Student Writing Competition winner and learn how you can apply.

Last updated: December 2021Date created: August 2008