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 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 considered at the training and professional review panel and not rejected, professional development manager Niall O'Hea told a recent Graduates & Students National Committee (GSNC) meeting .
However, doubts were voiced on the scheme as the ICE had yet to finalise how it could ensure fairness to all candidates.