Regulation of Psychologists in Uruguay

In 1999, the government established the legal status of professional psychology through law 17.154. The law allows only psychologists who have a diploma from a university or university institute that is recognized by Statute 308/95 and who are registered by the Ministry of Public Health to work. However, law 17,154 does not define which tasks include “the exercise of psychologists profession” (article 1), nor does it specify the rights and duties of psychologists. Therefore, the practice of psychotherapy is not closely regulated and it is common to find psychiatrists and social workers engaged in psychological practice.

Adapted from Uruguay National Oveview, 2012

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