As part of its remit the Society provides a number of important guidelines and policy directives designed to inform and assist our members in the practical and professional application of psychology, from research and teaching to clinical practice. Highlighted here are some of our most vital pieces of documentation, along with a link to our wider database.
BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct (2009)
This document has been designed to lay out the precise forms of ethical conduct and behaviour which the Society expects of its members in their personal and professional conduct.
BPS Professional Practice Guidelines (Second Edition)
The attached document was produced by a working group drawn from a wide range of Divisions and Special Groups in the Society, and presents a series of shared guidelines for practice for applied psychologists.
BPS Code of Human Research Ethics (2nd edition, 2014)
This document lays out a set of general principles that are applicable to all research contexts and which are intended to cover all research with human participants.
BPS Guidelines for Psychologists Working with Animals (2012)
The attached document sets out the BPS guidelines for all members who are engaged in psychological activities involving living animals.
Data Protection Act 1998 - Guidelines for Psychologists (2009)
This document provides a series of guidelines and contextual information designed to assist our members in interpreting and adhering to the provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998).
Policy and Guidelines Library
This link provides access to our searchable library of guidelines and policy documentation.
Ethical Enquiries - Frequently Asked Questions
This section contains helpful responses to ethical enquiries on research and practice issues from the Society's Policy Team.
Supplementary Guidance on the Use of Social Media
As the BPS acknowledges that its members are increasingly using social networking sites to communicate with friends, family, peers and clients. As a result we have produced this supplementary guidance document to provide some practical advice for using them responsibly.