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Divide and rules


The Institution's intention to see that the proposed new Rules of Professional Conduct for ICE Members are 'rigorously enforced' (NCE last week), raises some interesting questions.

Rather than reacting to complaints about Members' conduct as at present, 'rigorously enforced' implies the Institution will be proactive in monitoring compliance with the rules. Is that the case and if so what monitoring regime does ICE envisage?

The rules are for Members as individuals, not collectively, or as a practice, or business.

Will it normally be feasible to identify and pursue the Member responsible for the particular detail of a complex project, which it is claimed does not meet the 'full regardàto mattersàof safety' criteria, or will the Institution go for the most senior Member in the chain of responsibility?

The obligation to have 'full regardàto the well-being of future generations' is fine as a principle, but is it feasible as a rigorously enforced rule?

It will be interesting to see if the promised guidance, explaining how the rules are to be interpreted and applied, covers these issues.

Graham Wilford (M), 137 Greenshaw Drive, Haxby York YO32 2DB

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