Collection and exchange of information
EFPA has a unique potential for collecting and disseminating information on a wide range of areas in Europe such as ethical codes, education and training, professional practices, regulations and legislation. This is achieved both through the work of Task Forces, through the work of the General Secretaries of the member associations and the EFPA Secretariat and through features in the News from EFPA published in the journal "European Psychologist".
EFPA has a responsibility to its member associations to monitor developments and lobby on behalf of members, both in relation to developing European Community legislation and in respect of broader relations across Europe.
Development of common standards of training and common practices
An objective of EFPA is to develop a more common framework for minimal standards of training and professional practice of psychologists in Europe.
The 'Optimal standards for training' was agreed by member associations in 1990.
The EC Directive 89/48/EEC requires member countries to develop procedures for recognizing the equivalence of qualifications and for facilitating movement between member states.
EFPA aims to share information amongst member associations concerning education and training routes, curricula and standards and to examine the regulations for professional practice existing in its member associations.
EFPA provides a means for ensuring that expert advice is available both to individual national bodies and to relevant inter-governmental and non-governmental bodies on matters relating to psychology.
Links with other bodies
EFPA has links with a number of relevant international bodies including: the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the American State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Organization of Psychologists in Quebec (CPQ), the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Council of Europe, European Union (EU), the International Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP), the International School Psychology Association (ISPA), the International Union for Psychological Science (IUPsyS), the European Organization for Liberal Professions (CEPLIS), United Nations Education of Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Health Organization (WHO).
EFPA aims to establish other links as appropriate to further the development of psychology and psychologists in Europe.
EFPA collaborates with IAAP and IUPsyS in co-ordinating the Forum of European Psychological Associations, which offers the opportunity for information exchange, communication and the development of joint policies and action in matters of common concern to European topical psychological associations.
The forum meets at the occasion of international congresses of psychology taking place in Europe and provides a European network for communication and collaboration of these associations (details available from EFPA secretariat).
Conferences and meetings
The biennial European Congress of Psychology is organized under the auspices of EFPA.
The First European Congress was held in Amsterdam in 1989, the Second in Budapest in 1991, the Third in Tampere in 1993, the Fourth in Athens in 1995, the Fifth in Dublin in 1997, the Sixth in Rome in 1999, the Seventh in London in 2001, the Eighth in Vienna in 2003, the Ninth in Granada in 2005, the Tenth in Prague in 2007, the Eleventh in Oslo in 2009, the twelfth in Istanbul 2011, the thirteenth in Stockholm in 2013 http://www.ecp2013.se/ in Milan in 2015 http://www.ecp2015.it/, and the next one is due to be held in Amsterdam in 2017
The Federation holds its General Assembly in conjunction with these meetings. EFPA is also involved in other meetings and small conferences where this is possible, appropriate and practicable.