The Ethics Code Task Force (ECTF) invites both members and nonmembers of the APA to comment upon the accompanying Draft of the Ethics Code. While all comments will be read and considered, due to the anticipated volume of submissions it will not be possible to respond to comments on an individual basis.
The ECTF encourages the submission of comments online, by way of APA's Web site. Both the revision published in this issue of the Monitor and the current (1992) Ethics Code can be found on the APA Web site.
To submit comments please:
Include your name, address, phone number, and indicate whether you are an APA member;
Indicate whether this comment is submitted on behalf of an individual or a group and, if the latter, identify the group (e.g., APA Div. 39; Massachusetts Psychological Association Ethics Committee);
State as clearly as possible what aspect of the Code you wish to address. As examples: Introduction, paragraph 4; Preamble, Principal A; Standard 3, Informed Consent, 3.10(b);
State clearly the language of your proposed revision. It will be especially helpful to the ECTF if you provide a "redline" version (that is, indicate additions by underlining, and deletions by strike-throughs or [ ]'s);
State the reasons why your proposed revision improves the Code. For explanations of more than half a page, please provide a concise (two-to-three sentence) summary of your reasoning. The ECTF will not accept comments that include identifying information about other persons;
Send your postal or fax comments to: ECTF, APA Ethics Office, 750 First St., N.E., Washington, DC, 20002. By fax: (202) 336-5997;
To obtain a comparison of the Draft of the Ethics Code and the current (1992) Ethics Code, please send your request to the ECTF at the address immediately above.
Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2001, in order to be considered at the June meeting of the Ethics Code Task Force.
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