The Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (IPHE) has been awarded Royal Charter status. The professional body will become the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering from the summer.
Royal charter status is widely seen as recognition of pre-eminence and stability and the IPHE expects the development to increase its influence within government circles.
Speaking at the IPHE annual president’s dinner at the Café Royal in London, the president of the Institute, Grant Nicoll said: “We are delighted to be awarded this Charter. We have worked tirelessly for the last two years to secure this recognition for the contribution our Institute makes to the safety and health of the public and the environment.
“The granting of the charter also underlines the professionalism of our membership and in time the initials CIPHE will be recognised as the sign of professionally qualified and hence competent plumbing and heating engineers.”