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Information for those involved in ARB activities

Here you can find information about how we are operating as an organisation at the moment.  We will review and update this information frequently.  This page was last updated on 7 January 2021.

About the virus

The latest advice and guidance can be found on the NHS and GOV.UK websites.

ARB’s response

We take the health and wellbeing of our staff and stakeholders very seriously and have been closely monitoring Government updates.

Working remotely
From the 18 March 2020, in line with government advice at the time, our staff began working remotely. Since that time we have continued to follow Government advice, which again now includes staying home and limiting contact with others.

In light of the second national lockdown, our staff team are working from home, but remain contactable by email, live chat, telephone and via online form queries, though response times may be slightly impacted in some cases. Please do not post any hard copy documents to our office, as there will be a delay in posted items being retrieved by the correct team. Please instead email documents to us at info@arb.org.uk.

Our Board
The Board meets virtually during these difficult times and remains committed to good governance, while mindful also of the need to be agile to ensure emergent issues are managed in a timely and transparent way. As far as possible, Board papers will be published on our website here in line with our usual processes.

Our operations
To ensure we can continue to fulfil our duties to protect the public and support architects through regulation, we have developed business continuity plans which are in place and being regularly reviewed. While managing the risks, our aim is to minimise disruption to the delivery of our statutory duties.

Maintaining our core functions will be prioritised during this time. If we need to make changes to any existing arrangements we will be in touch with effected individuals directly.

We are continuing to review how best to facilitate our regulatory activities involving small groups of people such as our hearings and examinations. We are engaging with our stakeholders to discuss any other potential implications for our regulatory duties, including working with institutions and other relevant organisations to manage any implications which may arise for prescribed qualifications.

If you are due to sit our Prescribed Exam, or take part in any of our other regulatory activities, please contact us:

If you are due to sit our Prescribed Exam, or take part in any of our other regulatory activities, please contact us:
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