About Us


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 and columns/editorials; review recognition opportunities for acknowledging ethical behavior; and to 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.


Leading a culture of ethics in chemistry. (2019)


To provide and promote resources and activities that educate, guide, and recognize chemists in ethical decision making. (2019)


By 2023, we will develop and disseminate five educational products for use by local sections.

Develop collaborative programming on ethics with other groups both inside and outside of the ACS.

Increase the members recognition of the value of ethics in their careers and its impact on society.

The History of the Committee on Ethics 

Interview with Neil Jespersen about the formation of the Committee on Ethics (2024, PDF)

Compilation of official reports of the Committee on Ethics 2006-2021 (30 pages, PDF)

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about the work of the Committee on Ethics, contact us at: ethics@acs.org for the ACS staff liaison

Follow the Committee on Ethics on LinkedIn 

What should I do if I suspect publication misconduct? Read here

Formal complaints about violations of The Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct should be submitted to the Office of the Secretary and General Counsel (email: secretary@acs.org)