• International Workplace
  • 8 November 2016

CIEH to end status as awarding organisation

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has announced it has decided voluntarily to surrender its recognition as a regulated awarding organisation. This means CIEH is withdrawing from the regulatory structure imposed by the three regulatory bodies: Ofqual, Qualifications Wales (QiW) and Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).

CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It has also operated as an awarding organisation – designing, developing and delivering vocationally-related qualifications.

The reason given for this surprise move is that the conditions that need to be met to maintain recognition as a regulated awarding organisation are not sufficiently flexible to facilitate the development of CIEH as a membership organisation.

It contends that new additions to the conditions of recognition set out by the regulators would restrict its growth as a membership body – and has been forced to end its status as an awarding organisation in order to focus on membership development.

The decision was apparently made “about a couple of months ago”, but the complex process of deregulation means there will be an extended process during which outstanding courses and examinations are completed before deregulation is complete.

There is a comprehensive list of FAQs for companies, students and training providers who have invested in CIEH certified courses. Its 38 regulated qualifications and 18 non-regulated qualifications will be withdrawn in tranches ending 28 April 2017, with the final surrender date taking place on 28 July 2017.