1. What is EuroPsy?
EuroPsy is a European standard of education and professional training in psychology set by EFPA, the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations. Any psychologist who meets this standard can obtain a Certificate and be included in the Register of European Psychologists.
2. What is required to get EuroPsy?
Psychologists must have a university education in psychology of at least 5 years and at least 1 year of supervised practice. They must also sign a statement that they will act in accordance with the ethical rules of the psychologist profession.
3. What are the requirements for the university education?
EuroPsy uses a reference model to evaluate the content and level of academic curricula. The model is called “EuroPsyT - A framework for education and training of psychologists in Europe”. It was established by EFPA in 2001.
4.Who decides about the award of EuroPsy?
National Awarding Committees evaluate applications and determine the outcomes of applications for EuroPsy. The European Awarding Committee, established by EFPA, has oversight of the National Awarding Committees and the process for the award.
5. Who is in charge of the EuroPsy Register?
The Register is kept by the Head Office of EFPA in Brussels.
6. What does the word ‘EuroPsy’ actually mean?
The name EuroPsy was chosen as an abbreviation of “Registered European psychologist”.
7. Is the title EuroPsy protected by law?
We are in the process of registering EuroPsy as trademark throughout Europe. Moreover, the title “psychologist” is legally protected in most European countries.
8. How can I learn more about EuroPsy?
Consult the website: http://www.efpa.eu/europsy.
9. Can any psychologist get EuroPsy?
No, only psychologists who meet the standards for education (at least 5 years) and supervised practice (at least 1 year) and who have signed a statement of ethical conduct can obtain EuroPsy.
10. Are the standards for psychologists the same in all countries?
There are differences in the education and professional training of psychologists in Europe. This is why it was decided to introduce EuroPsy as a benchmark.
11. Does EuroPsy allow psychologists to practice in another country?
No. There is a European directive that aims to harmonize requirements, but according to the subsidiarity principle countries can set their own rules. Most European countries have certain restrictions. EuroPsy informs “competent authorities” of other countries about a psychologist’s education and professional training.
12. What is the official status of EuroPsy?
EuroPsy is a standard set by professional psychologists organized in EFPA. EFPA covers associations of psychologists in 35 countries, with a total of some 250.000 individual psychologists.
13. Is EuroPsy a license to practice?
No. The license to practice can only be awarded by national governments.
14. Is EuroPsy required by law?
No. There is as yet no requirement that psychologists must have obtained EuroPsy. But EuroPsy can facilitate the application of national laws on psychologists’ professional activities.
15. Can EuroPsy psychologists settle and practice all around Europe?
European law allows citizens from member states to move freely and to settle and work in any other county of the EU. Practicing psychology in another European country is subject to the law of that country.
16. How are universities involved in EuroPsy?
Universities provide the academic education that is required for psychologists to obtain EuroPsy. EFPA and its member associations are in touch with universities about the standards.
17. Is EuroPsy valid in the whole of Europe?
Yes. EuroPsy applies to all countries whose psychology associations are member associations of EFPA, that is 26 EU countries and 9 other European countries.
18. Who pays for EuroPsy?
Applicants pay for the costs of their education and professional training, including any additional training or practice that may be needed to meet the EuroPsy standards. In addition, they pay a handling and registration fee for EuroPsy. This fee varies from country to country.
19. Who sets the standards for EuroPsy?
The standards were originally devised in a European project by a working group that developed EuroPsy. Setting the standards is now the authority of EFPA which establishes the so-called EuroPsy Regulations. Monitoring the standards is the responsibility of the EuroPsy Coordination Committee, in which the EFPA European Awarding Committee and the EFPA Executive Board collaborate.
20. Who decides what information is in the register?
The so-called Registration details are spelled out in the EuroPsy Regulations. What is entered in an individual case depends on the education and professional background of the psychologist.
21. How does EuroPsy relate to the European Directive 2005/36/EC?
Psychologist is a regulated profession in the sense of the European Directive 2005/36/EC. Recognition of qualifications is based on the “general system”, that is, on the basis of mutual recognition between member states – it is not automatic as with the professions that are included in the “sectoral system” (architects, dentists, doctors etc.). EFPA has decided not to put forward EuroPsy as a “common platform”, which might lead to “ automatic” recognition (without compensatory measures) since the requirements for a common platform in the EU are significantly below the standards of EuroPsy.
22. Is EuroPsy a professional card?
Yes. Although it is currently not a chip card EuroPsy can be considered as a “Professional Card” as intended in the European Directive 2005/36/EC. It can facilitate the cross-border mobility of psychologists by speeding up the exchange of information between member states.
23. How many types of EuroPsy Certificates are there?
There is a basic EuroPsy Certificate and there are also EuroPsy Certificates of Specialized Expertise (in different specialist areas e.g. psychotherapy, work & organizational psychology) which require additional education and professional training.
24. What are the requirements for a EuroPsy Certificate of Specialized Expertise?
The standards vary with the field of expertise, but generally speaking the certificate requires at least 500 hours of additional education and three years of additional supervised practice.