IOSH is pleased to announce that at a meeting of the Privy Council held on 26 June 2002, IOSH was granted a Royal Charter of Incorporation.
The journey to reach chartered status, which began over 11 years ago, will be completed when the charter formally comes into effect on 1 April 2003.
The granting of the Royal charter will bring many benefits to the institution's reputation and profile but will not mean a change in members' designatory letters. Similarly, the name of the institution will not change because of the Royal Charter.
As some of you will be aware, IOSH is in the process of developing and implementing a new corporate identity including a new, more modern logo, to be introduced by April 2003 - the date of incorporation. The new letterheads to be used by the institution, are likely to read "IOSH - Incorporated by Royal Charter".
Once formal incorporation comes into effect at the beginning of the new financial year, the legal status of IOSH will change from a company limited by guarantee to a Chartered organisation, to which all assets, liabilities and activities will be transferred.
IOSH's charitable status, subject to approval by the Charity Commission, will be unaffected. The institution will still be subject to regulation and control by the Charity Commission, but matters currently dealt with by the Registrar of Companies will, in future, be overseen by the Privy Council.
Nearer the time of incorporation, all members of IOSH will receive a brochure describing in greater detail the process and what it means for the enhanced status and reputation of the institution and the occupational health and safety profession in general.