Forensic psychiatric assessment in European Union member states
Abstract:Dressing H, Salize HJ. Forensic psychiatric assessment in European Union member states. Objective:
To provide a structured description and cross-boundary comparison of legal frameworks and training standards relevant for forensic psychiatric assessment in European Union member states before the extension in May 2004. Method:
Information on legislation and practice concerning the assessment of mentally disordered offenders was gathered by means of a detailed, structured questionnaire which was filled in by national experts. Results:
Legal frameworks for the assessment and reassessment of mentally disordered offenders and professional training standards in forensic psychiatry vary markedly across EU member states. Conclusion:
Currently a cross-boundary harmonization of legal concepts appears hard to achieve. At least a formal construction and implementation of specialist training standards in forensic psychiatry would appear desirable.