The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) has published The Guidance 2015 Edition 5. Most notably, it clarifies the recently updated procedures for the Panel Appointments Certificate Scheme (PACS).
Holding a Panel Appointment Certificate is a prerequisite for a member of the Institute who wishes to be considered for appointment as an arbitrator, adjudicator or mediator under the Presidential Appointments Scheme administered by the Dispute Appointment Services (DAS).
CIArb’s Panels Management Group (PMG) operates the panels of accredited arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators who can be appointed through the President. The PMG’s responsibilities include maintaining the Institute’s central lists and panels of experienced practitioners, establishing principles for the management of other lists and panels operated by the Institute elsewhere, establishing procedures to enable practitioners to carry out their professional duties, and assisting in supervising and monitoring the professional performance of practitioners through an independent and impartial system.
Crucially, the PMG is responsible for establishing and maintaining an effective and consistent process for the conduct of final assessment interviews of arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators for Fellowship and Chartered Arbitrator status. The PMG also has the remit to provide for the establishment and administration of Peer Review Panels and PACS.
CIArb Director General Anthony Abrahams said: “One of the most important developments introduced by The Guidance 2015 is the updated Panel Appointment Certificate Scheme. The purpose of PACS is for members of CIArb to demonstrate that they are suitable and competent for consideration for appointment, and that they wish to be considered for appointment.
“The most important changes are that an applicant must declare that they have conducted the required hours of CPD and professional activity relevant to the certificate which they are seeking to renew. The Panels Management Group may call for further information, require spot checks to be made or request the applicant to attend an interview. Consequently, CIArb can demonstrate to ADR users that the highest standards are both imposed on appointees and maintained throughout the process.”