Professional standards

Intro textThe professional standards of both individuals and practices are supported by a variety of RIBA activities.

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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.

Guidance and publications 

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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.
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