Changes to the management of UK amateur radio examinations
The current responsibilities for the management of the UK amateur radio examinations are defined in two memorandums of understanding (MoU) dated 2007: one between Ofcom and the Radio Communications Foundation (RCF); and the other between the RCF and the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) which gave specific roles to the RCF and the RSGB. Ofcom, the RCF and the RSGB have now agreed to change the responsibility for overall management of the examinations by transferring roles previously performed by the RCF to the RSGB. This will allow the RCF trustees to focus on their charitable work, and will further streamline the administration of the examinations, building on the foundation established over the last eight years.
To give effect to these changes, on 1 October 2015 the RSGB will set up a new Examinations Standards Committee with the same composition as the RCF Standards Committee, to take on the work of that committee. The Examinations Standards Committee will be separate from the RSGB Training and Education Committee and will have direct accountability to the RSGB Board for the probity of the examinations and the examination administration.
In future, Ofcom and the RSGB Board will jointly commission independent audits of the examination system to ensure that it remains fit for purpose.
These new arrangements will allow the management of the examination system in the UK to reflect the arrangements in many other countries, whilst at the same time maintaining the existing high standards of governance.
Examinations will continue to be available to all, regardless of RSGB membership, and these changes will have minimal impact on the conduct of the examinations at