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The Ethics of Vaccination Whitepaper

The Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs (CEBJA) has authored a white paper addressing the ethical issues raised by vaccination that dentists may face.

View the Whitepaper (PDF)

ADA Ethics Resources

All members of the American Dental Association voluntarily agree to abide by the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct (ADA Code) as a condition of membership in the ADA. By requiring in its Bylaws that the professional conduct of its members be governed by the ADA Code, the ADA promotes adherence to high ethical standards by all members of the dental profession.

Through the activities of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs—the agency dedicated to enhancing the ethical conscience of dentists — a forum is provided for self-regulation, the public and profession are kept informed of current and emerging ethical issues and members are reminded of their obligation to adhere to the standards of conduct set forth in the ADA Code.

JADA Ethical Moment Articles

Read CEBJA's series of articles about common ethical dilemmas in JADA

Ethics Continuing Education Courses

Numerous opportunities to enhance your awareness of ethics are provided through the ADA in the form of Continuing Education courses. CE ethics courses are offered by the ADA and other organizations. You can view available ethics courses offered through the JADA Continuing Education Program and during the ADA Annual Meeting, now called SmileCon.

Online Continuing Education

Online Continuing Education courses on ethics and professionalism are available through Courses Online Dental Ethics (CODE), a website of the American College of Dentists. The series of online courses provides complimentary continuing education credit and there is no registration process fee.

Preview and enroll in ethics courses at

Ethical Dilemmas/Scenarios

The American College of Dentists provides a digital compilation of the 52 ethical dilemmas (PDF) published in the Texas Dental Journal from 1993 to 2005 and authored by the late Dr. Thomas K. Hasegawa and others. These dilemmas are presented by the American College to further dentists' knowledge and understanding of ethics by presenting, discussing, and analyzing ethical dilemmas that may occur in dental settings.

Access the ethical dilemmas at

Ethics Resources

The materials provided through this section of the ADA web site are intended for members and dental students, as well as the public-at-large. This resource has been compiled and is provided by the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs to increase awareness of ethics and professional standards and the application of ethical principles in the dental practice environment. Additional resources will be added as they become available.