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International statementsEdit

The International Union of Psychological Science has convened The Ad Hoc Joint Committee for the development of a Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists (Chair, Janel Gauthier, Canada) in conjunction with, the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), and the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP). Their hope is to develop a document articulating the principles and values for a common ethical framework for psychologists throughout the world that can be used as a guide for the development of standards in different cultural contexts. Current progress can be found on the website

European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (2005). Revised meta-code of ethics.[1]

International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance (1995). Ethical Standards. [2]

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (2005). Ethical Standards.[3]

International School Psychology Association (n.d.). The ISPA Code of Ethics.[4]

National codes of practiceEdit

Code of Ethics and Conduct-The British Psychological Society (2006)

Code of Professional Ethics - The Psychological Society of Ireland (1999)

Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists - Canadian Psychological Association (2000)

Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct - American Psychological Association (2002)

Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2002)

Ethical Requirements for Member Organisations - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (2003)

Meta-Code of Ethics and Carte Ethica - European Federation of Psychologists Associations (1995)

Ethical codes of other professionsEdit

Standards in Applied Psychology - National Occupational Standards Board Confidentiality - General Medical Council (2004)

World Medical Association (1983). International Code of Medical Ethics. Available at [5]

The Local Authorities (Model Code of Conduct) (England) Order (2001)

International Federation of Social Workers. (2004). Ethics in social work: Statement of principles. Available at [6]

International Council of Nurses (2006). The ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses. Available at [7]

An Bord Altranais (2007) Guidance to Nurses and Midwives Regarding Ethical Conduct of Nursing and Midwifery Research. Irish Nursing Board []


Gauthier, J. (2003 & 2004). Toward a universal declaration of ethical principles for psychologists. In J. B. Overmier & J. A. Overmier (Eds.), Psychology: IUPsyS Global Resource. Hove, East Sussex, UK: Psychology Press.

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