Exceptional circumstances

Article 3           Incompatibility of articles of this Code

If psychologists believe in a specific situation that compliance with a provision of this Code of Ethics would mean that another provision of this Code of Ethics cannot be complied with, they must carefully weigh up the consequences of opting for one of the provisions and must consider consulting their professional association and/or experienced fellow psychologists.


Article 4           Departures from this Code of Ethics

If in exceptional situations psychologists have reason to depart from the procedure prescribed in this Code of Ethics, without there being any conflicting articles of this Code as referred to in the preceding article, they must consult their professional association or a fellow psychologist who is not directly involved in the Professional Relationship. They must do so before deciding on their course of action.

If the decision taken departs from this Code of Ethics, it must be carefully substantiated. It must be apparent from that substantiation that the course of action that conflicts with the provisions of this Code of Ethics is in accordance with the other provisions of this Code of Ethics and is the outcome of a careful consideration of the interests involved.


Article 5           Departures from this Code of Ethics due to specific legal rules

If specific legal rules obligate psychologists to depart from any provision of this Code of Ethics, psychologists must aim to comply with the other provisions of this Code of Ethics to the extent possible.


Article 6           Statutory performance of the Assignment

If the Professional Relationship is established as the result of an Assignment given by an External Principal who is authorised by law to demand performance of the Assignment, the Client’s rights remain in effect insofar as that does not conflict with the rules governing that Client-psychologist relationship.