The UK-based Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) has awarded its 100th Chartered Scientist (CSi) designation, just one year after introducing the scheme.

The ICR started offering CSi status in late 2007 after being accepted as a licensed body of the Science Council, a membership organisation representing learned societies and professional institutions across the spectrum of science in the UK. Chartered Scientist status is available to practising Professional Members or Fellows of the ICR with an MSc or higher degree, and who are registered on a recognised continuing professional development scheme.

The first member of the Institute to achieve Chartered Scientist status was recognised at the ICR’s annual Spring Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham last April. Now Graham Belgrave, a clinical research consultant currently working at Ipsen Ltd, becomes the Institute’s 100th Chartered Scientist.

The ICR said it was still receiving a high level of applications for Chartered Scientist status and expected the number of CSi-designated members to continue rising during 2009.

The Institute also recently announced a key staff appointment ahead of this year’s 30th Anniversary Spring Conference and Exhibition on 17-18 March. Emma Clayton has joined the ICR as conference project manager, with a remit to take over the organisation of the Spring Conference and arrange more partner seminars and meetings with the Institute’s sister organisations.