Work Plan

The Board of Ethics has a number of key functions which are defined by the terms of reference. In addition the Executive Committee has set the following specific objectives for the Board, which will be undertaken as part of the work programme. How this is implemented can be seen from Board of Ethics meetings.


The BoE was working on its tasks and in the same time looking for new vision, mission and ways of co-operation. This kind of searching and reflecting is quite understandable in the context of several changes. The BoE completed its fundamental and unifying works (Meta-Code of Ethics and Model Code of Ethics). Since then, the awareness of differences between countries has been increasing.  Discussions were needed and it was not so easy to reach consensus. Convenor Pierre Nederlandt finished his work in the BoE in the meantime. New convenor Henk Geertsma was elected. The societal changes occurred emphasising diversity and connecting ethics to human rights issues: e. g. migration crisis in 2015, covid-19 crisis in 2020.

Some of the tasks of the BoE were completed: materials concerning Teaching ethics, Ethics of supervision for europsy, Glossary of ethical terminology, special issue Psychology in Russia: State of the art. Ethical issues and challenges in psychological practice and research (2020). Some tasks continue: developing ethical tracks for the ECPs, reviewing national codes of ethics, updating existing guidelines, developing the Case book (that would illustrate diverse ways and contexts of resolving complaints in different European countries).

The priority of the BoE today is to develop guidelines addressing ethics of psychological services via internet. Nevertheless, the BoE continue to consider and discuss also other relevant topics: the concept of the client and its ethics in relation to other parties etc.; the ethics of research and practice with children and marginalized or vulnerable persons and groups including e. g. informed consent or wish to die; research concerning ethical questions psychologist in Europe face; the psychology and its ethics in different codes of ethics (e. g. The Meta-Code of Ethics in comparison to The Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists); the ethics of students of psychology (in co-operation with the EFPSA); etc. The BoE also considers and discusses the meta-level of its functioning: politicization of psychology and its identity while contributing decisively to solving social problems in Europe.


2013 - 2015

Board of Ethics has just made a work plan for the next years. Detailed plan will be online soon.


Among other things, Board will focus on:

  • The work plan will include the preparation of a guideline concerning supervision and ethics. More info: Supervision and Ethics
  • To work with the organisers of the ECP 2015 on Ethics Content.
  • The work plan will include a development of a glossary of ethical terminology 


Ongoing work: Reviews of Member Associations Codes

One of the important ongoing tasks of the Board is the development of the reviews of Member Associations Codes.

Codes have been evaluated in terms of their compatibility with the EFPA Metacode. This strategy was adopted as part of the approach to empower member associations to take full responsibility and ownership of their own ethical systems, taking into account their local laws and regulations. Some associations have been advised to make changes to their Codes and have started this process, some have completed it. 



The Board had been asked by the General Assembly to  develop some work around a model European Code of Ethics for Psychologists, based on the EFPA Metacode, to support the uniform implementation of the EuroPsy. 

The Board of Ethics will be taking the  following approach during the next years:

  • In terms of developing a Common Code our work plan will be to review the existing member association codes for similarities and differences, as it is likely that the differences will be in the details of local laws rather than guiding ethical principles. We will use this study to inform the development of a revised code.
  • The work plan will include reviewing and updating the criteria in, for example, the SCE document  “Evaluative Procedures and Corrective Actions in Case of Complaints about unethical Conduct” which will include reference to minimum size of professional ethics committees, a list and description of possible sanctions, and statutes or domestic regulations.
  • The Board's work plan will continue to involve the monitoring of the Member Associations Codes to ensure they are consistent with the Metacode which will help to move towards a more uniform European landscape and a goal for the future where they would be consistent but respectful to diverse local cultures and traditions for implementation.
  • To work with the organisers of the ECP 2013 on Ethics Content.


2009 - 2011

The development of specific guidelines related to media and psychologist “Guidelines for psychologists who contribute to the media”. The guidelines have received favourable feedback.

The SCE has organised symposia to promote the importance of Ethics for local associations, an example was symposia "The Teaching of Ethics" in Prague in 2010. The SCE panel in ECP Istanbul Ethics Track also fulfilled the same purpose.