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APTA is the definitive source for standards of ethics and professionalism in the physical therapy profession.

The standards for ethics and professionalism in physical therapy are established by the following APTA policies:

If you believe that a PT or PTA member of APTA has violated the association's ethical standards, you may file a complaint to APTA's Ethics and Judicial Committee.

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