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On 30 March 2017, Gavin Barwell MP, Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) made a written statement to Parliament announcing the publication of the report into DCLG’s review of architect regulation and the Architects Registration Board.  The report can be found here.

The report follows the conclusion of phase two of the government’s wide-ranging review into the regulation of the profession.  It follows on from phase one which concluded in November 2014 that there remains a case for continued light-touch statutory regulation of architects.  The final report draws on the evidence collected and makes recommendations for change including strengthening the Board’s governance and accountability and improving the complaints’ handling and disciplinary processes.  The Architects Registration Board has thanked DCLG for the thorough review and confirmed that the Board will reflect on the findings in order to decide how to progress the proposals for changes which are within its remit, whilst working closely with the Department where legislative change is needed.

Nabila Zulfiqar, Chair of the ARB said, ‘The Board thanks DCLG for this comprehensive report.  We fully engaged with this in-depth review into the regulation of architects and we are very pleased that our suggestions to modernise and improve our statutory processes in the public interest have been included in the conclusions.  We appreciate that some of the recommendations, in relation to the prescription of qualifications have been put on hold, pending clarity in relation to the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.  The Board will consider and discuss the government’s findings at the earliest opportunity.’

Karen Holmes, Registrar and Chief Executive of ARB said, ‘On behalf of myself and the staff team, I would like to thank DCLG for this report.  We look forward to supporting the Board and working with our stakeholders as the Board considers the outcome of the review.  We will continue to deliver our current statutory functions, as set out in the Architects Act 1997, as the Board discusses how it will move these recommendations forward.’

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