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Serving and protecting the profession A connection between several recently covered themes, such as ‘competitive tendering’, 'professional status’ and ‘BS 5750 accreditation,’ may be seen in the concern of many correspondents for the well-being of the profession and their desire to see that proper care is taken of the integrity and working conditions of its members. In a letter in our column for 17 August, on the subject ‘BS 5750 accreditation and other headaches,’ Ken Burr advocated the need for ‘a trading organisation representing the chartered structural engineer.’ Hugh Woodrow, Chief Executive and Secretary of the Association of Consulting Engineers, points out the already existing availability of the ACE precisely for this purpose: I was interested to read the plea from Ken Burr regarding the need for a trading organisation to represent the chartered structural engineer in private practice. Such an organisation has existed since 1908. It is the Association of Consulting Engineers which includes many structural engineers in its membership of more than 700 firms. Verulam