The Disciplinary Committee can impose one of the following three sanctions:
- a warning
- a suspension from the list of psychologists for maximum 24 months: during this period the person in question may not use the title of psychologist in Belgium, nor practice this profession
- a definitive deletion from the list of psychologists: the person has to permanently give up the title of psychologist in Belgium and may no longer practice this profession.
If the psychologist isn’t of Belgian origin, but from a different EU country, the authorities of his/her country will be informed about the sanction. This is done following European Directive 2005/36/EC. The exchange of information will always be confidential.
Sanctions that are not possible
The Disciplinary Committee can, however, not give a verdict about:
- claims for compensation
- the reimbursement of previous sessions
- requests to review or reject a psychological report
These measures are possible via mediation, provided that the psychologist agrees with this.