Ares Zaimes wrote of the difficulties he has experienced in having his Greek qualifications recognised by ICE (NCE 28 October).
Unfortunately, many of his observations are factually incorrect.
ICE abides by the European Directive and recognises other EU nations' professional qualifications. Under the Directive, ICE has an obligation to assess each candidate individually; there is no automatic recognition.
It is not a requirement to work for a firm that offers an ICE Approved Training Scheme.
In accordance with the Directive, we ask that applicants demonstrate achievement and indicate how each of the core objectives has been met. We offer those who do not satisfy these the option of an adaptation period or an aptitude test.
However in either case, there is no requirement to revisit attributes or objectives that have already been demonstrated or satisfied by the applicant.
We do not operate a system based on favouritism. Our route has to comply with the European Directive, which in turn directs our procedures.
Most applicants who apply under this route are successful without recourse to interview.
We strongly recommend that all those who wish to apply for recognition under the European Diplomat route contact us, either through our regional teams, or at One Great George Street.
Brian Crossley, chairman ICE exemption and recognition panel