LAPTOP COMPUTERS could be used in the Professional Review as soon as 2003, according to the latest draft of the ICE's revised routes to membership, the 'Green book'.
The new document makes provision for laptops to be introduced to the written assignment of the Professional Review in time for the spring 2001 reviews.
The move could pave the way for the written assignment to be conducted under open book exam-style conditions, allowing candidates to consult research documents brought with them into the examination.
The question of open-book has been raised and considered at the training and professional review panel and not rejected, professional development manager Niall O'Hea told the Graduates & Students National Committee (GSNC) meeting last week.
However, the last GSNC committee meeting raised doubts over the scheme as the ICE had yet to finalise how such as system could be set up to ensure fairness to all candidates.
'This is the third or fourth time we have expressed concern about this issue, yet here it is again virtually unchanged, ' said GSNC chairman Stephen Larkin.