What is professional registration?

Professional registration is a voluntary status that holds people to account for their professional practice and ethical standards.

Unlike statutory registration (such as the Health and Care Professions Council registers or the Architects Registration Board), which regulates particular professions, voluntary registration means that individuals are held accountable by their peers, by others in their profession.

Many scientists today work across different areas of science, for instance combining computing with chiropody or physics with physiology. The Science Council registers are for all practising scientists, independent of discipline.

Professional registration with the Science Council provides independent recognition of your achieving and maintaining the exacting standards required to join the global community of professional scientists.

Our registered professional scientists are recognised for their competence, ability and integrity. They are committed to keeping their skills and knowledge up to date through continuing professional development (CPD) and their profession accountable to public interest.

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