Key Tasks

Key Tasks

  1. The Board of Ethics shall continue the work hitherto done by the Standing Committee on Ethics as described in their Report to the General Assembly 2011.
  2. The Board shall operate according to the terms of reference for EFPA Boards
  3. The Board shall submit its first working plan (2012) to the EC by Dec 1 of 2011
  4. The first working plan shall contain the development of a model for a European code of ethics for psychologists, based on the EFPA metacode, to support the uniform implementation of EuroPsy.


Terms of Reference

In common with all the Boards established by EFPA, The Board of Ethics has the following terms of reference:

  1. To deal with general aspects of professional development that are relevant for the psychological profession as a whole, irrespective of field of practice or specialization.
  2. The activities will include (not exhaustive):
  3. Reflective monitoring of current practices, contextual (e.g. legal) developments and emerging problems – e.g. by surveys.
  4. Developing guidelines, norms & standards (to be established by international bodies or EFPA itself), as well as certification procedures.
  5. Developing training schemes, making proposals for the organization of training, and participating in the launch of it (“train the trainers”).
  6. Developing proposals for improvements and ways of propagating
  7. Advising and supporting EFPA (and its Member Associations) on the above
  8. Sharing information within EFPA and contributing to publicity by EFPA on general aspects of the profession.


The Board may also engage in:

  1. Capacity building: organizing their own work, network building, and supporting Member Associations in developing an infrastructure.
  2. Fund raising: preparing and executing funded projects.
  3. The Board will work within the scope of its general mandate, as outlined above. Moreover,
  4. Its work will be guided by EFPA policy guidelines and position statements, which they may help to develop
  5. It will  work on the basis of an annual work plan that is developed by the Board itself, but requires the approval of the EC. The EC can indicate priorities in the work plan.
  6. It will coordinate with EFPA in matters of nomenclature, use of e-mail addresses, etc.
  7. It will deliver outputs to the EC through the liaison and/or Head Office (HO)
  8. It will submit an annual report on their work to the EC, which the EC shares with the Member Associations.
  9. It will  meet at least twice a year, of which at least one in person and the other one(s) virtually. It will communicate electronically in between meetings, using a designated Forum on the EFPA intranet. One of the yearly meetings shall take place at the Head Office in Brussels; one meeting shall take place at the bi-annual European Congress of Psychology.
  10. It can also operate a website that shall be part of (and follow the format) of the EFPA website.
  11.  The Board will liaise with the EC, and wherever needed with other Boards, Standing Committees, Task Forces or Working Groups of EFPA.


Structure of the Board

  1. The Board may, with approval of the EC, create subgroups that work on particular issues.


Deliverables of the Board

The delivered outputs of committees may consist of:

  1. Advice on issues within the Board’s scope
  2. Proposals for guidelines and position statements
  3. Papers (including position papers), Articles, Books
  4. Symposia and other meetings at conferences