Basic principles

Article 10         Responsibility

Psychologists must recognise their professional and scientific responsibility in relation to the Persons Involved, their environment and society. Psychologists are responsible for their professional conduct. As far as they are able, they must ensure that their services and the results of their activities are not abused.


Article 11         Integrity

Psychologists must aim for integrity in the practice of their science, education and the application of psychology. In practising their profession psychologists must demonstrate honesty, equal treatment and openness towards the Persons Involved. They must provide clarity for all the Persons Involved regarding the roles that they play and must act accordingly.


Article 12         Respect

Psychologists must respect the fundamental rights and dignity of the Persons Involved. They must respect the right to privacy and confidentiality of the Persons Involved.

They must respect and promote their self-determination and autonomy, insofar as that is in keeping with the psychologists’ other professional duties and with the law.


Article 13         Expertise

Psychologists must aim to acquire and maintain a high level of expertise in the practice of their profession. They must take into account the limits of their expertise as well as the limitations of their experience. They may only provide services for which they are qualified by their education, training and experience. The same applies to the methods and techniques that they use.