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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched a consultation on proposed amendments to the Architects Act 1997, the legislation that sets out the regulatory framework for architects in the UK and the Architects Registration Board’s responsibilities.

The consultation, published today (4 November 2020), is seeking wide range of views on the areas of proposed reform which cover two key areas:

Building safety
The recent publication of the draft Building Safety Bill takes forward the Government’s commitment of fundamental reform of the building safety system. The Bill details how the Government intends to deliver the principles and recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and includes provisions to improve the competence of architects through amendments to the Architects Act 1997.

Recognition of international qualifications
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU), the Government is seeking to revise the regulatory processes around the recognition of international architects. The proposed changes aim to formulate a cohesive system of international recognition of professional qualifications in architecture.

The consultation represents a unique opportunity for architects to share their views and input into the future regulation of the profession. ARB encourages architects and other stakeholders to contribute their representations. Interested parties have until 22 January 2021 to respond.

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Notes for Editors

o The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the statutory body established by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997 to regulate the UK architects’ profession in the public interest.

o Among other duties, the Act requires ARB to:

– Maintain the Architects Register
– Prescribe the qualifications needed to become an architect in the UK
– Issue a code laying down the standards of professional conduct and practice expected of architects
– Investigate allegations of unacceptable professional conduct or serious professional incompetence
– Investigate and where appropriate prosecute unregistered individuals who unlawfully call themselves an architect
– Act as the UK’s Competent Authority for architects

o ARB has a Board of 11 members all appointed by the Privy Council. This includes one independent, non-executive Chair and ten non-executive Board members made up of five members of the public and five architects.

o ARB has an Information Pack detailing its key messaging intended for use by the press and other stakeholders.

For further information please contact media@arb.or.uk or 020 7580 5861.

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