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Topic Title: LICENSING AND THE UK ENGINEERING PROFESSION A Review
Topic Summary: Report for the Engineering and Technology Board-May 2003
Created On: 01 August 2012 04:01 PM
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 01 August 2012 04:01 PM
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sunnyboy

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https://connect.innovateuk.org/c/document_library/get_file?p_l_id=130134&folderId=1153828&name=DLFE-22636.pdf

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Luciano Bacco
 02 August 2012 08:06 AM
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ectophile

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https://connect.innovateuk.org...28&name=DLFE-22636.pdf

That document is 9 years old.

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S P Barker BSc PhD MIET
 03 August 2012 07:10 AM
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sunnyboy

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And this ? http://www.theiet.org/forums/f...d=44223&enterthread=y

Nothing doing , once again 1

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Luciano Bacco
 03 August 2012 11:31 AM
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roybowdler

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As has been pointed out there have been extensive discussions and debates within the profession over many years.

The issue was raised formally at the most relevant IET committee within the last two years and didn't gain support despite the excellent advocacy of some of our most respected Chartered Engineers.

As there has never been a majority within the currently registered profession, the likelihood of convincing other more sceptical parties is remote in the foreseeable future.

My own personal view is that it is highly desirable for the good of the profession and society, that practitioners who are committed to professional standards engage voluntarily in a form of registration. This requires both incentives and some negative consequences ("carrot & stick"). The IET has a mission to promote membership and Engineering Council registration for competent professionals. The IET also allows fair access to anyone who can meet the standard (subject to the ability to pay a modest fee). The "stick" should come from loss of competitive advantage for those (individual and corporate) who don't engage, achieved by educating the marketplace.

All licensing systems have costs and issues of; control, scope, red-tape, fairness of access, free competition etc, that need to be addressed. Therefore my view is that only for very specific safety critical activities and the purpose of public protection should compulsion be used.

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Roy Bowdler IEng FIET FCIPD
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