Royal Institute of Chemistry
The Royal Institute of Chemistry was a British
United Kingdom
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 scientific organisation.
Founded in 1877 as the Institute of Chemistry of Great Britain, its role was to focus on qualifications and the professional status of chemists, and its aim was to ensure that consulting and analytical chemists were properly trained and qualified. It awarded qualifications: AIC (associate of the institute of chemistry) indicating full training, and FIC (fellow) indicating professional competence.

It received its first Royal Charter
Royal Charter
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 in 1885. As well as insisting on thorough professional qualifications, it also laid down strict ethical standards. Its main qualifications were Licentiate (LRIC) (professional training following a course of practical study to a standard lower than an honours degree), Graduate (GRIC) (completion of study equivalent to at least second class honours degree), Associate (ARIC) (LRIC plus professional experience), Member (MRIC) (GRIC plus professional experience) and Fellow (FRIC) (more experience and standing than MRIC) of the Royal Institute of Chemistry. Following a supplemental Charter in 1975, Members and Fellows were permitted to use the letters CChem (Chartered Chemist
Chartered Chemist
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It published Royal Institute of Chemistry Reviews from 1968 to 1971, when it combined to form Chemical Society Reviews
Chemical Society Reviews
Chemical Society Reviews is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing review articles on topics of current interest in chemistry. Its predecessors were Quarterly Reviews, Chemical Society and Royal Institute of Chemistry, Reviews...

, and the Journal of the Royal Institute of Chemistry
Journal of the Royal Institute of Chemistry
The Journal of the Royal Institute of Chemistry was a scientific journal published by the Royal Institute of Chemistry which combined with other societies in 1980 to form the Royal Society of Chemistry...


At the same time, the Chemical Society
Chemical Society
The Chemical Society was formed in 1841 as a result of increased interest in scientific matters....

 had concentrated on the science of chemistry, and publishing learned journals. In 1972 these two organisations, together with the Faraday Society
Faraday Society
The Faraday Society was a British society for the study of physical chemistry, founded in 1903 and named in honour of Michael Faraday. It merged with several similar organisations in 1980 to form the Royal Society of Chemistry...

 and the Society for Analytical Chemistry
Society for Analytical Chemistry
The Society of Public Analysts was formed in the United Kingdom in 1874 and subsequently became the Society for Analytical Chemistry. It was incorporated in 1907....

, started the process of merger, becoming the Royal Society of Chemistry
Royal Society of Chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry is a learned society in the United Kingdom with the goal of "advancing the chemical sciences." It was formed in 1980 from the merger of the Chemical Society, the Royal Institute of Chemistry, the Faraday Society and the Society for Analytical Chemistry with a new...

in 1980.
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