In the years prior to the emergence of open borders for labour movement in Europe, it was evident to the national ergonomics societies within the European Union that some common agreement on the level of expertise to be expected of a competent ergonomist was required for the benefit both of those wishing to use the services of ergonomists and of the members of the national societies. To this end representatives from the larger ergonomics societies federated to the International Ergonomics Association collaborated to prepare an agreement. In June 1992 a report on recommendations for the harmonisation of professional training was published (HETPEP). From this base the minimum requirements for registration were defined.
The Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists CREE was established to undertake and administer the registration process. Changes to the minimum requirements for registration are undertaken only rarely and in consultation with the member societies.
CREE member countries
Any ergonomics society within the area of the Council of Europe may become a member of CREE, provided that they are a member of the International Ergonomics Association IEA. For countries outside this area wishing to establish a registration system, CREE provides support in the form of experience exchange. Observers from such societies are welcome to meetings, but need to contact the President for an invitation.
On an International level, CREE is participating in the work of the IEA on defining the content of training courses for ergonomists and in establishing mutual recognition criteria between regions.