2010 Amendments to the 2002 "Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct"

Am Psychol. 2010 Jul-Aug;65(5):493. doi: 10.1037/a0020168.


The following amendments to the 2002 "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct" (the Ethics Code; American Psychological Association, 2002) were adopted by the APA Council of Representatives at its February 2010 meeting. The changes involve the last two sentences of the final paragraph of the Introduction and Applicability section and Ethical Standards 1.02 and 1.03. The amendments became effective June 1, 2010. A history of these amendments to the Ethics Code is provided in the "Report of the Ethics Committee, 2009" in this issue of the American Psychologist (American Psychological Association, Ethics Committee, 2010). Following are a clean version of the revisions and a version indicating changes from the 2002 language (inserted text is underlined; deleted text is crossed out).

MeSH terms

  • Codes of Ethics*
  • Ethics, Professional
  • Humans
  • Psychology / ethics*
  • Societies, Scientific / ethics*