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(EFPA) Psychological services via the internet and other non-direct means: recommendations for ethical practice

02 July 2021

These Recommendations were developed by the EFPA Board of Ethics in conjunction with the EFPA Project Group on e-Health. They are updated from the version of 2006.

They can be considered as a companion document to the paper Digital psychological interventions, recommendations for policy and practice’ by the EFPA project group on eHealth published January 2020, which provides pointers to be taken into consideration by developers, users, psychologists and other healthcare professionals, and health services.

This document on which EFPA are consulting now makes a primary recommendation that each EFPA member Association should produce a statement which addresses the ethical issues concerned with the provision of psychological services on the Internet or at a distance, together with other recommendations related to ethics, practice and research.

The purpose of such consultation is to identify any issues or barriers that have not already been considered before the document is made public.

Please get involved - the society is reliant upon the expert psychological expertise of our members in order to provide evidence based responses to a whole range of stakeholders including Government departments and Policy decision makers.

Getting Involved

If you are interested in contributing to this, please submit your comments using the response form below to [email protected]

The deadline for commenting is 10:00 am on Monday 26 July.

Please note:

  • The society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties / Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on clinical opinion


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