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Dental Medicine: Resources for the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

For students and faulty and the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

ADA Dental Ethics


The ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct (ADA Code) is the "written expression of the obligations arising from the implied contract between the dental profession and society." It contains the ethical standards of conduct, which "members of the [American Dental Association] voluntarily agree to abide a condition of membership in the Association."

The ADA Code consists of the following components:

  • The Principles of Ethics -  the "aspirational goals of the profession"
  • The Code of Professional Conduct -  the "expression of specific types of conduct that are either required or prohibited"
  • The Advisory Opinions - the "interpretations that apply the Code of Professional Conduct to specific fact situations"

The following are the five fundamental principles that form the foundation of the ADA Code:

  1. patient autonomy
  2. nonmaleficence
  3. beneficence
  4. justice
  5. veracity

Dental Ethics

American College of Dentists 

Courses Online / Dental Ethics

The American Society for Dental Ethics

The Mission of the Section is to support professional ethics in dentistry as the foundation of oral health care. The members of the Section are dedicated to the ongoing study of ethical issues, ethics education, and the development of the profession to promote integrity and ethical practice in service of patients, community, and society.

International Dental Ethics and Law Society (IDEALS)

The Society has been established to foster an international dialogue on the values guiding the practice of oral health care. This dialogue is intended to be multidisciplinary, involving the disciplines of dentistry and auxiliary oral health sciences on the one hand, and those of ethics and law on the other, as well as related disciplines such as philosophy, the humanities and the social sciences. The Society is open to all interested in partaking in this dialogue.

International Medical & Dental Ethics Commission 

IMDEC’s primary objective in conducting its reviews is to help protect the rights, dignity and welfare of the individuals who volunteer to participate in research activities. The achievement of this objective is both the cornerstone of good clinical practice and the best possible service an IRB can offer the initiators of human subject research.


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