This draft position statement was drafted by the Special Interest Group on Law and Ethics for eMHIC for presentation at the eMHIC Congress in November 2021.


The purpose of this draft statement is to (1) recognise the important role eMHIC can play in articulating the ethical and legal issues raised by e-mental health practices and (2) to support action to ensure such practices are guided by ethical principles, professional codes of conduct, and established norms of law. The call for attention to ethical and legal issues raised by digital mental health technologies is growing worldwide, with broad agreement that more work is needed to improve regulation and governance.


The Special Interest Group presented this Draft Statement to the November 2021 eMHIC Congress and sought feedback from eMHIC members*. This feedback, as well as wider consultation,  informed the final Position Statement (Version 1), which was launched in March 2022.


Download the Position Statement (PDF) 

*If you have feedback to add, please reach out to the Special Interest Group by emailing