I was sorry to see your report 'Engineering Council threatens to strip ICE of licence to qualify' (NCE 14-28 December 2000). The Engineering Council's relationship with Institutions licensed to register professional engineers and technicians is based on mutual trust.
It is not in our interest or the ICE's to threaten or disclose publicly the details of audit reports. In this case your report seriously distorts the position between us, in that the committee of the Engineering Council concerned with recommendations following audits has not yet met and has therefore come to no conclusion about ICE's licences.
We audit around eight to ten Institutions each year. Our audits are conducted with utmost rigour and they often result in substantive changes in internal procedures, as best practice is shared. It is premature to suggest that ICE would have any difficulty in undertaking these, should any indeed be required.
Andrew Ramsay, director for engineers' regulation, Engineering Council, 10 Maltravers Street, London, WC2R 3ER.