Ethics

The British Psychological Society recognises its obligation to set and uphold the highest standards of professionalism, and to promote ethical behaviour, attitudes and judgements on the part of psychologists by:

being mindful of the need for protection of the public;
expressing clear ethical principles, values and standards;
promoting such standards by education and consultation;
developing and implementing methods to help psychologists monitor their professional behaviour and attitudes;
assisting psychologists with ethical decision making;
providing opportunities for discourse on these issues.


Under the terms of its Royal Charter, the Society is required to ‘maintain a Code of Conduct’. In 1985 the Society adopted a Code of Conduct which has been regularly updated. From monitoring complaints and ethical enquiries, the Society’s Ethics Committee identified a need for a code which gave more emphasis on, and support to, the process of ethical decision making.

This Code of Ethics and Conduct should guide all members of the British Psychological Society.

Details about this Code, psychologists’ conduct, and complaints procedure, can be obtained from The British Psychological Society.