Professional development of behavior analysts in Europe: A snapshot for 21 countries

Mickey Keenan, Karola Dillenburger*, Marie-Hélène Konrad, Natacha Debetencourt, Rea Vuksan, Lefki Kourea, Karel Pancocha, Sheri Kingsdorf, Henriette Juul Brandtberg, Nursel Ozkan, Helene Abdelnour, Magali Da Costa-Meranda, Steffi Schuldt, Robert Mellon, Alexandra Herman, Alan Tennyson, Shiri Ayvazo, Paolo Moderato, Natasha Attard, Jacqueline SchenkAnna Budzinska, Javier Virues-Ortega, Lise Roll-Pettersson, Dag Strömberg, Silja Wirth, Charlotte Escané, Erika Glaus-Stuessi, Alla Moskalets, Stephen Gallagher

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Behavior analysts are not recognized or regulated as a distinct profession in Europe. For the most part, European behavior analysts adhered to the standards set by the U.S.-based Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). However, the BACB certification has not been recognized officially in any European jurisdiction. The recent decision by the BACB to discontinue eligibility of non-U.S. residents to apply for the BCBA exam by the end of 2022 has brought the issue of professional regulation outside of the United States into sharp focus. This article offers a snapshot in time of professional recognition of behavior analysts in 21 European countries. It stems from the Erasmus+ funded EuroBA project and its Professional Advisory Group (PAG). The EuroBA project aims to develop common standards and competences for behavior analysts to facilitate national regulation and mutual recognition across Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-729
Number of pages21
JournalBehavior Analysis in Practice
Issue number3
Early online date10 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


  • Behavior Analysis
  • Behavior Analyst Certification Board
  • Europe
  • Professional Recognition


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