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.
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
- The work plan will include revising the existing revising the 1999 recommendations on teaching ethics. More info: Teaching Ethics in Psychology Training
- 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:
- The establishment of EuroPsy across Europe faces us with new challenges. In addition the “Modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive” consultation may have major implications for our profession. National Accreditation Ccommittees of EuroPsy have not developed any Ethical Codes of their own so far. The Board will undertake some development work in this area to promote a uniform style for Codes which will be consistent with the Metacode.
- 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.