The Engineering Council is planning a radical shake-up of its funding structure to make it more directly accountable to the members of the 39 engineering institutions.
Payments by engineers of an annual registration fee to the council (included in subscriptions to their professional body) for the right to use CEng, IEng or EngTech titles look set to be scrapped from next January.
Instead, each institution will pay a lump sum to the council based on the size of its membership and the level of services provided to it by the council.
The Engineering Council believes that putting its relationship with the institutions on a business footing will reduce tensions over the role it is expected to play.
The move is part of a series of strategic changes at the council, due to come into force in January 1999. A full report of the proposals will be published in August.