The Science Council has named the eight professional bodies to be awarded pilot licences for the new registers
Pilot applications were assessed by a group chaired by Professor Bob Chaplow, Chair of the Science Council’s Registration Authority, along with three neutral members of the New Registers Advisory Group.
Speaking following the award of the pilot licences by the licensing subcommittee, Science Council Chief Executive Diana Garnham commented “It is testament to the commitment of our member bodies to support the professional practice of science at all levels that we had such a good response to the invitation to pilot. The successful pilot bodies represent a broad cross-section of disciplines and sectors across science which will allow a wide range of scientists and technicians to become registered.”
The Institute of Biomedical Science expressed its “delight” at being awarded a pilot license for Registered Science Technician and Registered Scientist, and added:
“We recognise the importance of this sector of the science workforce and, as the UK’s leading professional body for biomedical science, are preparing to launch our own professional qualifications to support training and recognise knowledge and skills at these professional levels. The introduction of the two new registers complements that of Chartered Scientist and will enable us to recognise the achievements of our members at all professional levels. The Institute is proud of its contribution to this project and based on its success as a licensed body for Chartered Scientist is looking forward to taking forward this exciting new venture.”
The pilots will run throughout 2012 after which the Science Council intends to open the registers to other member bodies.