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SARTOR rules brought in too soon

Letters

At the reviewers' AGM in January, attended by the ICE President, an assurance was given that the new SARTOR requirements would not be imposed retrospectively on existing trainees. Subsequently instructions were issued to reviewers to ramp in the new higher standards from 2000.

This is contrary to the assurance and a decision by Council and is plainly unfair to existing trainees.

The more rigorous review procedures are not at issue. It would be wrong for reviewers to be instrumental in disadvantaging our young members.

It had been intimated that an official instruction would be published before the autumn reviews but this has not materialised. In view of this I appeal to reviewers not to impose the new higher standards retrospectively on existing trainees this autumn.

The issue can be re-visited at our next AGM in January 2001.

Mike Butcher (F), 2 Hillside View, New Mills, High Peak, SK22 3DF

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