The resolution to examine the CPD return system was one of three passed at a council meeting in Belfast last Friday. All were aimed at raising awareness of the importance of CPD among ICE members.
"A lot of people don't make CPD returns, although this doesn't mean to say they aren't carrying out their CPD obligations." said ICE membership and diversity vice president Peter Hansford.
Hansford said that he, along with a team headed by ICE membership director David Lloyd Roach, would look at ways of making it easier for members to complete CPD returns.
These include accepting submissions to other professional development schemes run by employers or other institutions.
"We want to avoid bureaucracy and duplication and capitalise on existing schemes," said Hansford.
CPD returns can only be made via the MyICE section of the ICE website or in writing.
In addition to approving Hansord's investigation which concludes next October, council agreed to ask members for an annual declaration of their CPD activities via either MyICE or their annual subscription return.
It was also agreed that members of ICE Council, and the institution's executive board, principal standing committees and panels should lead the way by submitting CPD returns for 2007 by 1 February 2008.