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Revised Guideline On
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or by fax at (780) 426-1877.