CREE is a unique registration organisation within ergonomics that brings together and harmonises the views of some thirteen national ergonomics societies within the European Union. CREE via those national professional bodies as its agents, specifies the standards of knowledge and practical experience, which define a European Ergonomist, and registers all applicants who are assessed as meeting these requirements.

European Ergonomists are professional ergonomists who have a knowledge of the principles of ergonomics and of the relevant human characteristics in the areas of anatomy, physiology, psychology and social organisation as well as knowledge of how the physical environment affects people. Applicants for this qualification must also demonstrate knowledge in at least three specialist areas of application. It requires also evidence that the candidate is able to use statistics, experimental designs, equipment and methods to investigate, modify or design situations and equipment for ergonomic benefits.

All successful applicants will have demonstrated experience in taking full responsibility for the use and application of ergonomics knowledge and methods in practical situations over a period of at least two years beyond their main ergonomics education and training.

European Ergonomists will have agreed to abide by the CREE Code of Conduct (which is similar to those of its member societies). Those in research related to practical applications are equally as acceptable as are those in professional employment, in consultancies or other businesses.

Registration is valid for a period of 5 years after which renewed assessment has to take place. This guarantees a continuous professional quality both for the European Ergonomist and the employer or client.

CREE is a society of which the national societies are the members. The structure and operation of CREE is designed to comply with the European Standard 45013 "General criteria for certification bodies operating certification of personnel".

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History

In the years prior to the emergence of the open borders of January 1 1993, it was evident to the national ergonomics societies within the European Community that, for the benefit both of those wishing to use the services of ergonomists and of the members of the national societies, some common agreement on the level of expertise to be expected of a competent ergonomist was required. To this end representatives from the major societies federated to the International Ergonomics Association within the Community were invited to prepare such an agreement. In June 1992 a final report on the "Harmonisation of Ergonomics Profession" (HET-PEP) was published.

Following to this report the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists CREE ,was established to provide the organization which, with the assistance of the national societies of the member states, would accredit professional ergonomists with the title European Ergonomists (Eur.Erg).

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