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Ethics and Practice

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Promoting “the advancement and diffusion of a knowledge of psychology pure and applied” and “the efficiency and usefulness of members” are core to the charitable aims of the Society. Members expect the Society to represent their views and defend their profession. And that means, in part, discussing the distinctive contribution of psychology and psychologists.

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The current edition of Private Eye (publication date 4th August 2016) outlines concerns about the regulation of psychologists. In particular, the journalists comment that; “providing psychologists don’t use one of the … so-called protected titles … any can offer their services without the need to be registered and regulated by the UK’s watchdog the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Even if serious concerns or complaints are raised about them, they remain immune from investigation because they’re not registered”.

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Publications within the archive section are over 5 years old and, in line with BPS policy, are no longer regarded as reflecting the Society’s current position.

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The EFPA Congress is a major biennial event for European psychologists so I was delighted, with colleagues, to represent the Society, and to be able to network with representatives of the other psychological associations and societies from across

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Since becoming BPS President in May I’ve been invited to numerous events to talk about the Society.

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The Committee has been concerned with ensuring that the Society maintains its key function in providing a Code of Ethics and Conduct for its members and in providing authoritative and helpful advice and guidance on ethical matters.

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Welcome to the website for our 2014 Annual Conference to be held on 7-9 May in Birmingham at the International Convention Centre (ICC) which is located right in the heart of England'

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For more research guidelines and policy documents go to the BPS Shop.

Please note: All documents below are PDF.

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For more practice guidelines and policy documents, go to the BPS Shop.

Please note: All documents below are PDF.

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The Society produces policy and guideline documents in connection with different areas of ps

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The Ethics Committee is delighted to invite members to submit nominations for the Society’s Award for Equality of Opportunity.
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The Committee has been concerned with ensuring that the Society maintains its key function in providing a Code of Ethics and Conduct for its members and in providing authoritative and helpful advice and guidance on ethical matters. 

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The Ethics Committee is a Standing Committee of the Board of Trustees.

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The Professional Practice Board (PPB) reports to and advises the Board of Trustees on policy, applied research, the submission of evidence to public or private bodies and other matters relating to the application of

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The Society’s Press Centre receives requests for expert comment by psychologists on a wide range of topics.

Members who work with the media or participate in media productions are encouraged to uphold professional standards:

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This section contains helpful responses to ethical enquiries on research and practice issues from the Society’s Policy Team.

This section contains helpful responses to ethical enquiries on research and practice issues from the Society's Po

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Ethics is central to everything we do whether in research or practice.

The Society provides helpful guidelines for researchers, teachers, and practitioners.

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The Society makes a number of awards available each year to recognise excellence in research, practice teaching and educa

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Statutory regulation for psychologists was introduced on 1 July 2009 and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register of practitioner psychologists opened.