European Chemist
European Chemist is an international professional qualification
Professional certification
Professional certification, trade certification, or professional designation, often called simply certification or qualification, is a designation earned by a person to assure qualification to perform a job or task...

 awarded by the European Chemist Registration Board (ECRB) for chemist
A chemist is a scientist trained in the study of chemistry. Chemists study the composition of matter and its properties such as density and acidity. Chemists carefully describe the properties they study in terms of quantities, with detail on the level of molecules and their component atoms...

s and is for use in many European countries.

As Europe increasingly develops common standards, it is important that the professional competence of those who oversee the maintenance of standards is recognised. Academic qualifications alone have limited value. In providing an acceptable common professional standard, the European Chemist requires experience in the application of knowledge, level of skill, safety and environmental consciousness, sense of responsibility, ability to communicate and level of supervision received. Through the European Chemist designation the chemical societies in the EU have ensured that there is an easily understood title to indicate a high level of competence in the practice of chemistry. The award of EurChem will assist individual chemists who are moving from one employer to another in different member states, receiving equal treatment across the EU.

EurChem Candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • Be a member of a participating national chemical society;
  • Hold a degree accredited by the participating national chemical society;
  • Have at least eight years of post-secondary school education/experience including a category-A schedule academic qualification;
  • Have at least three years' approved post-graduation professional experience ;
  • Two referees who must be members of the applicant's national chemical society;
  • Show proficient professional experience appearing out of:
    • Able to work in conditions with minor leadership
    • Applying knowledge
    • Consciousness of safety, health, and environment apects
    • Demonstrate of professional skill
    • Excellent written and oral communications
    • Good people's management, advising, evaluating skills.

The title EurChem is post-nominal, i.e. it is placed after the name such as academic degree
Academic degree
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s. The ECRB maintains also a Register of European Chemists. The title is equivalent to the national chartered status, e.g. the title Chartered Chemist
Chartered Chemist
Chartered Chemist is a chartered status awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom and by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in Australia....

 in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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Recognition of the qualification and title are generally not specifically incorporated into national law, however in the United Kingdom the Privy Council
Privy council
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 has approved the use of the title; however in all cases approval is only after peer review
Peer review
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 by the appropriate national chemical society, in addition the EU
European Union
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 Directive 89/48/EEC
European professional qualification directives
There are two main European legal instruments covering the mutual recognition of professional qualifications: Directive 89/48/EEC and Directive 92/51/EEC....

 generally exempts a bearer from additional examination in the Union.

See also

  • British professional qualifications
    British professional qualifications
    Professional qualifications in the United Kingdom are generally awarded by professional bodies in line with their charters. These qualifications are subject to the European directives on professional qualifications...

  • European Engineer
    European Engineer
    European Engineer is an international professional qualification for engineers used in over 30 European countries. The title is granted after successful application to a national member of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations which includes representation from many...

  • European professional qualification directives
    European professional qualification directives
    There are two main European legal instruments covering the mutual recognition of professional qualifications: Directive 89/48/EEC and Directive 92/51/EEC....

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