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EU Exit Questions and Answers

First published: April 2019
Updated: 30 December 2020

The Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC) (MRPQD), which sets out how ARB should recognise European qualifications for the purposes of registration in the UK, will no longer apply from 1 January 2021.  The MRPQD will also cease to apply for those holding UK qualifications who are looking to register in Europe.

As outlined by government, interim arrangements will be put in place from 1 January 2021. 

We hope that the following Questions and Answers will provide helpful information in relation to the new arrangements that will apply after the Implementation Period ends. 

This is the latest information we have available to us and we are unable to provide any additional guidance by telephone.

Please see our Glossary below for an explanation of the terms used on this page.

EEA qualifications and registration

1. I am currently registered with ARB and hold EEA qualifications, will I be affected?
If you are already registered with ARB, you are entitled to remain on the Register and your registration will not be affected.  You do not need to do anything and you do not need to contact us.

You will be required, as always, to renew your registration each year by paying the annual retention fee.

2. How will the interim system of recognition from 1 January 2021 work?
Under the interim system of recognition we will rely on a ‘frozen’ version of Annex V.7.1 of the MRPQD for registration purposes, as it exists at 11pm on 31 December 2020. The most recent version of the Annex, and the one which we will therefore rely on, was published by the European Commission in February 2020.

3. I hold qualifications listed in Annex V.7.1 of the MRPQD, what will the changes for mean for me?
Those who hold qualifications that were listed in Annex V.7.1 prior to 11pm on 31 December 2020 and have access to the profession in the state that the qualification was issued (or an ARB prescribed Part 3) will still be able to register after the 31 December 2020. You can apply for registration by following this link. 

4. I hold qualifications listed in Annex V.7.1 of the MRPQD but do not have EEA rights, what will the changes mean for me?
The current MRPQD system is open only to those with EEA rights. This will not be the case under the interim system which becomes effective after 11pm on 31 December 2020. Provided you have qualifications that were listed in Annex V prior to 11pm on 31 December 2020 and have access to the profession in the state the qualification was issued (or an ARB prescribed Part 3), you will be able to register after the Implementation Period ceases.  You can apply for registration by following this link. 

5. I hold EU qualifications which are not listed in Annex V.7.1 of the MRPQD, what will the changes for mean for me?
After 11pm on 31 December 2020 you will need to seek Part 1 and subsequently Part 2 recognition through the Prescribed Examination, additional to which you will also need to secure a Part 3 qualification from a UK School of Architecture.

6. I hold overseas qualifications that have been recognised by another European Competent Authority, what will the changes mean for me?
After 11pm on 31 December 2020 you will need to seek Part 1 and subsequently Part 2 recognition through the Prescribed Examination, additional to which you will also need to secure a Part 3 qualification from a UK School of Architecture.

7. I hold Irish qualifications, what will the changes mean for me?
ARB and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) have agreed a memorandum of understanding that will become effective from 1 January 2021.  The memorandum states that the both parties will agree to recognise appropriate UK and Irish qualifications for the purposes of registration until any new UK-EU mutual recognition agreement is implemented.   You can find a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding here. You can apply for registration by following this link. 

8. Will the interim system delay my registration?
We do not anticipate that there will be any delays as a result of the interim system, provided you submit all the relevant documentation we need to process your application (as listed as part of the online application process).  It will be your responsibility to obtain the relevant documentation needed for registration and must be submitted at the time of your application for it to be considered. 

Applications which have been received prior to 11pm on 31 December 2020 will be processed so far as possible under the former system.

Applications which are received after 11pm will be considered under the new system. 

9. What are the costs of registering under the new arrangements after 31 December 2020?
If you are applying for registration for the first time after 11pm on 31 December 2020 the fee will consist of a £119 annual registration fee and £35 one off application fee. There are no changes to the current charges.

UK qualifications and registration

10. I hold UK qualifications and am registered with ARB, will I be able to register automatically in an EEA Member State from 1 January 2021?
This will depend on the regulations within the European Member State in which you wish to practise and how it has decided to deal with the registration of those holding UK qualifications. The European Commission has however issued guidance on this topic. You will need to contact the relevant competent authority in the European Member State in which you wish to practice for information about the application process and the documents you need to provide. We are unable to contact the competent authority on your behalf or advise on their regulations or registration requirements at this point.

11. I hold UK qualifications and am registered with ARB.  Will ARB continue to liaise with EEA Member States’ Competent Authorities to assist me in my application to register with them?
We will continue to issue certificates confirming factual information about your UK qualifications if requested. We will provide further detail about how this will work once further information is available.

12. I have completed my Part 1 qualification in the UK and am about to undertake an ARB recognised Part 2 qualification. How will the interim system affect me?
We will continue to recognise your qualifications for the purposes of registration. The right to automatic recognition of UK Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications throughout Europe will however cease. How your qualifications will be treated within the EEA after the Implementation Period ceases to operate will depend on the regulations within the specific EEA Member State.

General

13. These are interim arrangements.  What will happen next?
A review of the interim arrangements is currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). A consultation on the future system of recognition of internationally qualified architects has been published by the MHCLG, with input from the Architects Registration Board, and is due to close on 22 January 2021. Responses to the consultation will be analysed and a government response will follow.

Glossary

 

  • ARB – Architects Registration Board
  • Competent authority – a person or organisation with the legal authority to deal with a particular matter. 
  • EEA – European Economic Area – a free trade zone consisting of the member states of the EU, plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein
  • Implementation Period (also known as the transition period) – the time-limited adjustment period, which ceases at 11pm on 31 December 2020, which allowed Government to negotiate arrangements for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, and to allowed businesses and citizens to prepare for the new permanent arrangements that will apply to the UK at the end of the implementation period. 
  • Listed qualification – a qualification approved through the European Commission’s notification process and listed under Annex V of the MRPQD
  • Mutual recognition – a process through which ARB (and other EU competent authorities) formerly automatically recognised listed qualifications under Annex V of the MRPQD for the purposes of registration in that country
  • UK – United Kingdom

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