Reporting required information about yourself to the BACB regarding an ethics requirement. In accordance with the BACB ethics requirements outlined in the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts and the RBT Ethics Code, applicants and certificants must provide the BACB with information that could impact its ability to effectively communicate with them or that might influence their status or certification.

Reasons to Self-Report to the BACB Ethics Department

  1. You are the subject of an ethics requirement violation, a disciplinary investigation, action or sanction, filing of charges, conviction or plea of guilty or no contest by a governmental agency, health care organization, third-party payer or educational institution;
  2. You are named on any public health- and safety-related fines or tickets; or
  3. You have a physical or mental condition that would impair your ability to competently practice.

Need to change your name, address, or email?

You are not required to self-report this information to the BACB. You should update this information through your BACB account, which will ensure that changes are made quickly.

Need to report critical or required information about yourself?

Per the RBT Ethics Code's preamble and 10.02 of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts, there are several reasons that might necessitate self-reporting to the BACB to remain in compliance with ethics requirements. Use the Consideration for Self-Reporting document to determine whether you should self-report to the Ethics Department. More guidance on self-reporting requirements and considerations can be found in the November 2016 and April 2017 BACB Newsletters.

How to Self-Report

Write a summary of the issue you are reporting and include any relevant information. Submit the information to the BACB using the form below. Do not complete a Notice of Alleged Violation for yourself. Depending on the information you report to the BACB, additional documentation and/or a Verification of Competency to Practice may be required.

Ethics Self-Reporting Form


The BACB cannot provide legal or ethics advice under any circumstances. There are a number of resources available for anyone seeking guidance related to ethics in Ethics Resources. U.S. residents of states that regulate the practice of behavior analysis may contact their state disciplinary boards. For more information about regulation in the U.S., the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts has a resource page on licensure and regulation. Whenever possible, we encourage, but do not require you to consult with a behavior analyst who specializes in the matter before filing a Notice of Alleged Violation. For legal advice, please consult with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction. For additional guidance on ethics-related matters, please see the BACB Ethical Guidance section.