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Who we are

The British Psychological Society is a registered charity responsible for the development, promotion and application of psychology for the public good.

Through our Royal Charter we are charged with overseeing psychology and psychologists in the UK, and we are governed by a number of democratically-elected boards and committees.

Memoranda

The British Psychological Society is a signatory to several Memoranda of Understanding aimed at promoting increased cooperation and collaboration with like-minded organisations around the world.

Currently we have signed memoranda with the following organisations/countries:

Memoranda of Understanding

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of South Africa. South Africa - 24 May 2001 - 15 June 2001
  • Copy Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Slovenian Psychological Association. Slovenia - 2004
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Australian Psychological Society. Australia - 3 April 2008
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the National Academy of Psychology (India). India - December 2008
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association. America - 3 April 2008
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Psychological Society of Ireland and British Psychological Society Northern Ireland Branch concerning ISPA [International School Psychology Association] Dublin 2010 conference Ireland - 2010
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Japanese Psychological Association. Japan - 9 April 2013
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapies - October 2014
  • Declaration of Intent to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between The British Psychological Society Russia and the Russian Psychological Society. - 28 May 2015
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Russian Psychological Society. Russia - 11 July 2015
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland. Ireland - 11 November 2015
  • Memorandum of Understanding with The Swedish Psychological Association. Sweden - 26 April 2016
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society. New Zealand - 26 April 2016
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK version 2. Conversion Therapy - October 2017
  • Society signs Memorandum of Understanding with our Portuguese counterparts to develop reciprocal access arrangements to research for their members; develop work exchange programmes and other experiential learning opportunities; organise collaborative events; share best practice and provide grants to encourage collaboration. Portugal - 4 May 2018
  • The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependency (APPG), British Psychological Society (BPS), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP), have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to be able to work together collaboratively All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP) - 3 May 2018
  • BPS Memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie. Germany - 18 September 2018
  • BPS and Association of Clinical Psychologists non binding Memorandum of Understanding Association of Clinical Psychologists - 2020
  • The British Red Cross and British Psychological Society memorandum of understanding. Allowing clinical and counselling psychologists to join a team of Psychosocial Reserve Volunteers (PRV) to assist the public after major incidents and disasters. British Red Cross - 2020

Memoranda of Cooperation

  • Memorandum of Cooperation between the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Ireland - 3 April 2008
  • Memorandum of Cooperation with the Mental Health Foundation (MH). Mental Health Foundation - 17 January 2018
  • Memorandum of Cooperation with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) - agree to exchange knowledge and achieve mutual recognition of modernising psychological and scientific careers; identify areas of joint career and professional development opportunities; develop reciprocal access arrangements; speak with a united voice on items of mutual interest. Academy for Healthcare Science - 2 May 2018
  • BPS Division of Occupational Psychology and the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP), Memorandum of Cooperation European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP) - 2018
  • BPS Memorandum of Cooperation with Nuffield Health. Nuffield Health - 25 January 2019
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