Jon Prichard CEng FICE FInstRE, CEO of the Engineering Council, says:
“Further to the ‘Leave’ result in the EU referendum, the Engineering Council will continue to work with the professional engineering community to ensure that the needs of the profession, including the crucial role that registration plays in maintaining public confidence in engineering products and services, are understood by government.
“At this stage in the process, it is difficult to comment on possible implications of Brexit on the professional engineering community without knowing the terms of the exit, however we expect the Engineering Council’s relationships with its European partners to be unaffected. The Engineering Council is a member of two European organisations, the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI) and the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE). These organisations define their membership geographically, not politically, and we expect to continue as an active participant in both.
“In terms of the status of Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers, Engineering Technicians, and ICT Technicians, the result will not affect our interest in continuing to seek mutual recognition in other jurisdictions around the world. We will also continue to work as an active member of the profession’s key international organisations and agreements, as we have done since their inception.
“With regards to registration with FEANI as a European Engineer (EUR ING), the criteria are not dependent on place of residence, or location of study or work experience. We expect registrants who are already EUR ING to be able to remain on the FEANI register, with those wishing to become registered also being able to do so, providing they meet the required combination of education and experience.”