The object of this European Code of Graphology is to define the rights andduties of graphologists wishing to exercise their profession in accordancewith common professional ethics.
Graphology, a human science and a technique of observation andinterpretation, enables the personality to be studied through the examinationof handwriting.
The graphologist is expected to maintain and develop his specialised skills
The graphologist studies the personality of the writer. He works exclusivelyon authentic handwritten documents. He carries out his work of analysis andsynthesis in response to a request of a professional or private nature.
The graphologist shall undertake to use only methods relating to his practice,and to work within limits of his knowledge and experience.
The graphologist shall abstain from issuing diagnoses in fields reserved to themedical profession.
Any graphologist signatory to this Code shall not display his graphologyqualifications on professional documents if these are associated with anactivity concerned with the occult or divination. He shall abstain frompublishing or advertising in periodicals related to the above activities.
The work undertaken by the graphologist concerning the human personimposes the respect of moral and professional values. The graphologist mustsafeguard, at all times, his independence, integrity and sense of humanity. Hemust not be influenced by any prejudice in respect of sex, race, politics, socialclass or religion.
In every analysis, the graphologist shall remain tactful and discreet. In workconcerned with the selection of personnel, he shall avoid touching upon theaspects of the writer's personality which are not related to the criteria of theposition to be filled. His language must remain clear, prudent andunambiguous. In his work, he must be completely impartial and refuse toprovide any analysis of 'accommodation'.
The graphologist shall undertake not to use the documents or the informationin his possession for the purpose of causing harm to others. Being the solejudge of the worth of the documents submitted to him, he shall be able torefuse to provide an analysis without having to give any reason for doing so.He shall refuse to express an opinion on a document he knows to have beenstolen. He shall refuse to work on documents transmitted by fax orphotocopied, because these processes alter the quality of the handwritingtrait.
The graphologist shall respect the laws of his country regarding the humanperson and, in particular professional secrecy, which must be respectedverbally as well as in the circulation of documents.
The legitimate owner of a document shall be the sole person responsible forthe subsequent use of the analysis. The results shall be exclusively sent to theperson who made the request.
The graphologist shall not divulge the name of his clients without their priorconsent. He shall not communicate or publish texts, or analyses thereof,without the agreement of the interested party or the owner of the document.In education, teachers shall respect the anonymity of the writers ofdocuments used.
Each association or grouping of graphologists, having signed this Code ofEthics, shall undertake to ensure that it is respected and applied by all theirqualified members. Offences shall be dealt with by the disciplinary board ofeach association or grouping of the co-signatory countries.