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02 March 2021

Chartered status awarded to body for proofreaders and editors

2 March 2020


The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) has been awarded chartered status by Her Majesty the Queen.

The CIEP was formerly the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, which was established in 1988, and was awarded a Royal Charter in recognition of its commitment to excellent standards and training in editing and proofreading. The relaunch took place on Sunday 1 March 2020.

The new Institute aims to ensure that the public has access to a reliable source of professional editors and proofreaders, and to provide editors and proofreaders with professional training and ongoing support to carry out their jobs well.

A regulated membership body, the CIEP has over 3,000 members in the UK and beyond, and a free directory to search for reliable editorial professionals.

"The CIEP will be even more ambitious in its pursuit of high standards of editing knowledge and professional practice," says Hugh Jackson, professional standards director for the CIEP. "We will continue to help members to develop their skills and provide better services to their clients. Our membership structure - which rewards experience, training and professionalism and is reinforced by a rigorous and expanding testing system - will ensure that our members remain among the best trained, most respected editors in the world."

"This is a great achievement for the Institute and its members, who work tirelessly to provide professional editing services. We look forward to welcoming new members who would like to join us in 2020 as we enter an exciting new era," adds Sue Browning, the CIEP's membership director."

Jane Moody, training director, said: "Our broad range of training courses cater for complete beginners to experienced professionals, covering the core skills of copyediting and proofreading as well as more specialised areas such as medical editing, references and editorial project management. We are developing a curriculum for editorial professionals to support training, development and raising standards across the profession and will continue to expand the variety and depth of our courses for members and non-members alike."

For more information, see the CIEP website.