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ICE Council endorses professional review recommendations

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ICE council has endorsed the recommendations of an important industry-wide review of the profession.

Among the recommendations from In Plain Sight’s final report were calls for the introduction of periodic mid-career peer reviews of individual ICE members along with increased scrutiny of continuous professional development (CPD). Council agreed to establish a working group to further develop this assurance measure.

ICE Council agreed that it would establish a collaborative approach to mid-career peer reviews. The Engineering Council and professional engineering institutions will be essential in delivering this measure pan-sector, it added, and that without broad compliance, the risk of ‘member flight’ to institutions demanding lesser levels of assurance would be a significant disincentive to implementation.

“It is a serious policy question,” Concerto partner Matthew Symes told Council, adding that the complexity of the details would benefit from setting up working groups. Symes was on the panel led by ICE past President Peter Hansford that conducted the review. That work began in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster and sought to identify any systemic weaknesses across the built environment.

The recommendations in October’s final report also suggested that more encouragement was needed for engineers to use existing channels for raising any concerns around risks and near misses to management and through existing schemes such as the construction industry confidential reporting scheme (Cross).

“We are fortunate in this industry to have Cross,” said review panel member and BRE director of fire and building technology Julie Bregulla at this week’s meeting. “The ICE is looking to enhance and build upon that model so the main lessons [from any incident] can be shared more widely.”

The final In Plain Sight report can be downloaded here.

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