Chartered Scientist

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The Chartered Scientist qualification is awarded to scientists who meet the high standards required and demands a commitment to continuing professional development. It is intended to ensure high and improving standards across all scientific disciplines and reflects best practice in science.

What is a Chartered Scientist?

Chartered Scientist (CSci) status is aimed at those practising science at the full professional level and at those for whom scientific knowledge or practice at that level form an essential element in the fulfilment of their role.

Chartered Scientist status provides valuable professional recognition among fellow scientists across all disciplines and the wider community. It demonstrates high levels of experience and competence to employers, other professionals, and, ultimately, providing reassurance to the consumer that high standards are being met within the industry, particularly on food safety. It is now a recognised title under the EU Directive 89/48/EC.

Chartered Scientist status is awarded by IFST under licence from the Science Council. Chartered Scientist award requires previous professional recognition and for that reason only Members and Fellows can qualify. Application for CSci may be made at the same time as for Membership or Fellowship.

Why become a Chartered Scientist?

There are many valuable benefits to becoming a Chartered Scientist:

  • Holders are entitled to use designatory letters CSci
  • Gaining international recognition (EU Directive 89/48/EC.) enhances professional attainments
  • Becoming a part of science 13 000 Chartered Scientist community across the licensed bodies
  • Achieving of high professional standards of Chartered status
  • Free access to personal and career development through myCPD online system

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