Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts

The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (Compliance Code) outlines the professional and ethical requirements for all BACB applicants, certificants, registrants, authorized continuing education (ACE) providers, and verified course sequences (VCSs). The Compliance Code went into effect January 1, 2016.

The BACB cannot provide legal advice under any circumstances. If you have questions about whether you should report a potential ethical issue, or about the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code, the Association for Behavior Analysis International provides a Science, Practice, and Education Hotline where you may submit inquiries and receive guidance. If you reside in the United States in a state where the practice of behavior analysis is regulated, you may also contact the disciplinary board in your state. For more information about regulation in the United States, 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 that specializes in the matter before filing a Notice of Alleged Violation. For legal advice, please consult with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction.

Filing a Notice of Alleged Violation (Notice)

If you determine it appropriate to file a Notice of Alleged Violation, the process involves collecting information and combining it to a single PDF  and submitting it online.
Information on Filing a Notice of Alleged Violation

Disciplinary Review and Appeals Processes

Description of the process for the Disciplinary Review Committee and Appeals Committee.
Disciplinary Review and Appeals Processes

Summary of Disciplinary Actions

A summary of BACB disciplinary actions.
Disciplinary Actions

Ethics-Related Newsletter Sections

Guidance and updates about the Compliance Code system from BACB newsletters.
Ethics-related newsletter sections