• IOP resigns as a Licensed Body

The Science Council was disappointed to receive notice from the Institute of Physics (IOP) of its intention to resign as a Licensed Body after the mandatory 12 month notice period now that the Chartered Scientist designation is well-established with around 15,000 Registrants through 20 Licensed Bodies across a the breadth of science and its applications.

Chartered Scientists registered through the Institute of Physics have a full 12 months from the cessation of the IOP licence to transfer their registration: assuming that the IOP does resign its licence (which it has not yet formally done) Registrants will have until December 2011 to transfer to another Licensed Body.  Registrants can transfer simply to any other Licensed Body of which they are an individual member: see the list of relevant contacts within Licensed Bodies.  Organisations with a strong overlapping interest and many members in common with IOP include the British Computer Society, the Energy Institute, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

The Science Council is aware that it may not be possible for all IOP Registrants to readily transfer their status to another Licensed Body.  It is committed to ensuring that all professional scientists, including physicists, have a route to achieving and maintaining CSci status and that all IOP Registrants wishing to maintain their status on the register are able to do so.  We are developing new mechanisms for routes for awarding CSci, and we will post developments and further information on the website. 

If you have any concerns about how your CSci status is affected or would like to be kept updated, please let us know by contacting either Diana Garnham or Ali Orr.


Diana Garnham, Chief Executive and Registrar

Email Diana

Tel: 020 7922 7884 

Ali Orr, Deputy Registrar

Email Ali

Tel: 020 7922 7878