It is the first time that the IPR will officially push for the status, following failed discussions with Whitehall on the matter in the 1950s and in 1995. The IPR wants the status because it will provide it with greater clout in the industry.
Whitehall discouraged the IPR from applying previously for a number of reasons, including the way it admitted members and a lack of IPR-approved educational courses, according to president Anne Gregory.
She said: ‘The environment in which we operate has changed post-Hutton and the emergence of comms as a key factor in public life has made people aware of the power that goes with comms professionals, so the industry is being taken more seriously.’
The application will be read by Whitehall committee the Privy Council within the next two years.