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Subject: Accreditation


From: C. Velson Horie <vhorie>
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 1999
Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers in the UK

The Joint Accreditation Group recently finished its work in
developing the standards and methodology of assessment.  It has
handed the system to the parent body, the National Council for
Conservation-Restoration (reformed as a corporate body from the
informal Conservation Forum) for implementation.  The consultation
documents at various stages of development were widely available to
interested parties, both through the conservation bodies and on the

The documents will be ratified by the cooperating bodies in the next
few months, in order for the system to go live in January 2000.  It
is intended to put the finished documents on the web during August
(holidays permitting) on <URL:>

As has been made clear during the development of the system, this
route will be open to conservators of all backgrounds.  There are
differences between various national cultures in the interpretation
of the ECCO documents.  Attempts should, and are, being made to
enable the variety of approaches to conservation to co-operate for
the benefit of the conservation profession and the protection of the

PACR documents state explicitly that a common standard is applied,
"regardless of the route taken to reach a professional level of
capability".  That has been one of the criteria for developing the
scheme and has been made clear in every document issued by JAG.

No, you will not need a degree to be accredited by the PACR route.

Velson Horie
Keeper of Conservation
The Manchester Museum
The University
Manchester M13 9PL
+44 161 275 2656
Fax: +44 161 275 2674

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:11
                   Distributed: Friday, July 30, 1999
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Received on Tuesday, 27 July, 1999

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