In response to increasing concern about the effects of crises, disaster, trauma and, more recently, terrorism, EFPA established first a working party and then a Standing Committee to advise on the part psychology can play in preparing for emergencies and responding to them. The Committee has drawn together evidence and views from across Europe and the wider international scene. It has worked closely with the European Commission and has embarked on further training for members from recently acceded countries. It has recommended better ways of liaising across countries so that in the event of cross-border incidents, more efficient and effective responses can be assured. In turn this has implications for the training of psychologists and other professionals involved in emergency planning and response. Currently, there is a move to develop quality standards for such training.