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NCE reports that the ICE intends to make CPD mandatory by 2009. It is many years since CPD first raised its head: then there were indications of it being made mandatory for ICE and sister institution membership. This was followed by fears that its imposition could result in a loss of members and their subscriptions, and various ideas about points and the need to sign in at appropriately deemed events.

Attending certain 'legal' events I saw that the legal profession seemed to take this fairly seriously, with solicitors and barristers, including QCs, signing record books. In arbitration, acting as arbitrator or expert witness is generally considered to be a secondary profession, so such people need to keep up to date with their CPD in their primary profession if they are to be active in those roles.

While the idea of mandatory CPD appears laudable, is there a change of view from Council over the years that they are now willing to accept a potential loss of members and subscriptions to meet that?

John Richardson (F), j.

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