I would like to correct a statement in your report on 'Industry urges ICE to ease membership rules' (NCE last week) which is factually untrue.
The report credits Keith Aldis with a statement that 'the ICE is being hamstrung by the Engineering Council's SARTOR regulations, which say that people can only become incorporated engineers if they have a minimum of an HND qualification'.
In fact, SARTOR '97 is designed to allow acceptance of alternative formation routes that match the benchmark qualifications. Specific guidance is given on the basis for acceptance of NVQs and SVQs, and referenced in Part 1 under 'Non-Benchmark and Non-Accredited Routes'.
We are proud of the flexibility SARTOR offers to Institutions seeking to broaden their entry requirements, and hope the ICE will recognise the opportunities this offers.
Andrew Ramsay, director for engineers' regulation, Engineering Council, 10 Maltravers Street, London WC2R 3ER