Committee on Ethics

What We Do


The Committee on Ethics seeks to:

  • Coordinate the ethics-related activities of the Society, serve as an educational resource and clearinghouse, but not as an adjudication body, for ACS members seeking guidance on ethics issues;
  • Raise awareness of ethics issues through meeting programming, columns, and editorials;
  • Review recognition opportunities for acknowledging ethical behavior;
  • Develop and oversee such other ethics-related activities as will serve ACS members and promote the Society's standards of ethical conduct within the profession of chemistry and its related disciplines;
  • Provide and promote resources and activities that educate, guide, and recognize chemists in ethical decision-making.


  • Develop and disseminate five educational projects for use by local sections.
  • Develop collaborative programming on ethics with other groups, both inside and outside of ACS.
  • Increase the members’ recognition of ethics in their careers and its impact on society.


  • Leading a culture of ethics in chemistry.

Who We Are

The Committee on Ethics promotes and supports high standards of ethical conduct and integrity in the community of chemistry and related disciplines for the benefit of science and society.

Contact Us

Call 1-800-227-5558 or send an email if you have questions or need more information about the Committee on Ethics.