European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP)

Summary of the initiative

European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP)
Mutual recognition and equal conduct of psychotherapy in Europe.

Description of the Initiative



    Contact Point - Commission
    GROW E1

    Self/Co-Regulation Basic Act

    Title of Act
    European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), Statement of Ethical Principles, 2007

    Geographical Coverage

    Global coverage
    Participating Countries
    Other countries
    Albania, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine


    Problems that lead to the introduction of Self/Co-Regulation and the adoption of the Founding Act
    Lack of EU-wide legislation regulating the practice of psychotherapy as a profession.
    Target Group(s)
    Psychotherapists in Europe.
    Type of Instrument(s)
    Ethical Guidelines for the Protection of Patients.
    Type of Financing
    Membership fees, registration fees.
    Level of Financing
    Latest annual budget: EUR 300 000.
    Type of Monitoring
    Conduct an initial survey of compliance capacity of future regulateesConduct regular visits and spot checksInitiate complaints proceduresMaintain database of those bounded by the normsProduce regular reportsReceive complaints and verify if norms were breached or notReflexive dialogue with the - stakeholdersOther
    European Commissionyes
    National public authority
    International public authority
    Private regulator (code owner)yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Private independent party with a mandate (e.g. auditors)
    Self-appointed private parties (e.g. NGOs)
    Succinct description of the type of Monitoring
    The EAP conducts its own monitoring procedures, as outlined in the Statues.
    Type of Enforcement
    Faming, shaming and blamingJudicial sanctionsMembership suspension/exclusionPrivate finesOther
    Private Regulatoryes
    Private independent party with a mandate (e.g. auditors)
    Court system
    Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) / Online dispute resolution (ODR)
    Succinct description of the type of Enforcement
    Reasons for suspension of membership include: no longer meeting the requirements for EAP membership; member nation organisations allowing membership of psychotherapists who act in violation of their own Ethical Guidelines or Professional Code; members who have been declared to have acted against the interest of the Association or contrary to the Ethical Principles, as determined by the Governing Board. If the Governing Board considers that the complaint is legitimate, it will require the member in question either to fulfil the requirements of the Governing Board or to withdraw from the EAP. A suspended or excluded member has the right of appeal to the next General Meeting. In the event of internal complaints or disputes, the EAP may establish an Arbitrage Court.


    SMO self- and co-regulation database - private code 136