Professional standards The professional standards of both individuals and practices are supported by a variety of RIBA activities. Professional support Professional supportBecome an architectResearch and innovationWorking internationallyBusiness benchmarking Professional standards Code of conductDispute resolutionArbitrationMediationAdjudication RIBA Plan of Work 2013Future Trends surveyFuture Leaders 2014Delivering Construction 2025 - RIBA Action PlanBecome an RIBA Client AdviserRIBA for clientsProfessional communitiesThe RIBA PensionWork for usSite Signboards Codes of conduct The current Code of Professional Conduct came into effect on 1 January 2005. It is supported by a series of nine guidance notes. Alternative dispute resolution It is an unfortunate fact that in a small number of construction contracts, disputes arise. Adjudication The RIBA maintains a panel of around 70 expert adjudicators. Mediation Mediation is an informal process that does not impose a resolution to a dispute and only becomes binding with the consent of all parties. Arbitration Many building contracts and contracts for architects' services contain clauses that provide for disputes to be resolved by arbitration. Guidance and publications block-content In order for RIBA Members to maintain their respected status, the professional standards team undertake a variety of activities: Advise on professional conduct and maintain the RIBA code of professional conduct and disciplinary procedures. Provide an alternate dispute resolution nomination service including adjudication, arbitration, and mediation. Develop standard forms of building contract, through our work with the JCT and the CIC and produce the RIBA plan of work and RIBA standard forms of appointment. Liaise with the Architects Registration Board. Manage the RIBA Business Benchmarking Service, a unique, survey-based business benchmarking tool for architectural practices. Completion of the survey is now one of the required accreditation critera for Chartered Practices with two or more staff. Accredit and promote RIBA Client Advisers and RIBA Conservation Architects. Advise on architects' professional indemnity and liabilities, and provide access to PI insurance cover through the RIBA Insurance Agency, which has provided professional indemnity policies for RIBA Members since 1987. The Agency is part of the Heath Lambert Group, one of the UK's leading professional indemnity brokers. The RIBA Insurance Agency is the only insurance broker endorsed by the RIBA to provide professional indemnity insurance to its members. Develop RIBA Good Practice Guides. Respond to government consultations. Develop the criteria and provide support services for the RIBA Chartered Practice scheme. Provide guidance on best procurement methods for a project.