european psychiatric association

Committee on Ethical Issues

The EPA Committee on Ethical Issues is responsible for giving its contribution to the EPA position statements on ethical subjects, collaborating with the EPA National Psychiatric Associations to promote ethical standards in psychiatric research and care, organising events during the EPA congresses as well as during independent meetings relevant to ethical issues for psychiatry in Europe and actively gathering information through surveys on how ethics in psychiatry is being managed in Europe and elsewhere.

Committee on Ethical Issues Members 2020

Danuta Wasserman - Chair
Meryam Schouler-Ocak
Michael Musalek
Rutger Jan van der Gaag
The Netherlands
Philippe Courtet
Jan Wise
Sam Tyano
Silvana Galderisi
Thomas Pöllmacher


The EPA Committee on Ethical Issues is conducting the following activities:

  • Dissemination of a survey about compulsory admissions laws and practices in the EPA NPAs countries
  • Participation in lectures, interactive seminars or courses during National Psychiatric Associations’ local conferences
  • Organisation of Ethical Courses during EPA Congresses
  • Publications:
    • Compulsory admissions of patients with mental disorders: State of the art on ethical and legislative aspects in 40 European countries.European Psychiatry,63(1), e82, 1–9, available here