Different ionometric methods to determine absorbed dose in phantoms irradiated with electron beams were tested using ferrous sulphate dosimetry as a reference method. Irradiation was carried out with three different types of accelerators in the energy range 4 to 20 MeV. Three different types of plane parallel ionization chambers were used and two types of cylindrical chambers. It was found that the ionization chamber dosimetry following the International Code of Practice (TRS 277) gave dose values as a mean 0.6% higher than the ferrous sulphate dosimetry based on the ICRU report 35. There were no significant differences between results measured at different electron energies. The mean deviation obtained using the two dosimeter systems is inside the experimental uncertainty. This proves that the TRS 277 can be used for accurate dosimetry. Further, the results show that corrections are needed for some types of plane parallel plate chambers to correct for the perturbation by the chamber of the electron fluence in the water phantom, and that values of these corrections are given as a function of the electron energy. 14 refs, 4 figs, 2 tabs.