February, 2000

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Application Of Professional Stamps

A revised edition of the APEGGA stamping guideline, to be entitled Guideline for Using Professional Stamps and Designations, has been completed in draft form, and is slated to be presented to Council in the near future. A subcommittee of the Practice Standards Committee has been reviewing how professional stamps should be applied to professional documents, with particular emphasis on the subject of electronic stamps.

The key changes in the revised guideline are a more thorough discussion of APEGGA's expectations with regard to the use of computer-generated stamps and the introduction of digital signatures. The committee recognized that a greater number of APEGGA members and Permit holders are considering the use of electronic stamps to replace or supplement the current practice of "wet" stamping and signing. The use of computer-generated stamps had been Permitted under the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act for some time already, with either method being subject to appropriate custody and control procedures.

As part of its work, the committee reviewed the entire current Professional Designations, Professional Stamps and Permit Stamps Guideline in an attempt to improve clarity. The revised document also reflects changes made to the Regulations under the EGGP Act in July 1999. Those changes mean that an APEGGA Permit holder's Permit stamp is no longer required. Instead, "all final plans, specifications, reports or documents of a professional nature must show the permit number" issued to the Permit holder.

The draft guideline has been circulated to a cross-section of practicing members for comment. If you would like to review or comment on the document, please contact Ray Chopiuk, P.Eng., Director Professional Practice, by e-mail at or by fax at (780) 426-1877.

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