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ARB welcome the RIBA Council’s decision to approve a change to its policy on the regulation of architects.  The RIBA motion supported maintaining statutory protection of the title ‘architect’ by an independent registration body (ARB).

This motion was approved prior to the commencement of the independent periodic review which will be conducted by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Karen Holmes, Interim Registrar and Chief Executive of the ARB said, ‘We welcome the positive decision of the RIBA Council which recognises the importance of independent regulation of architects.  ARB’s remit has always been to protect the users and potential users of architects’ services and to support architects through regulation.’

Beatrice Fraenkel, Chair of the ARB said, ‘The RIBA Council’s decision will pave the way for constructive debate around the on-going need for regulation of the architects’ profession.  We remain committed to working together to fulfil our respective, yet distinctive, roles in a collaborative manner which will benefit the public and architects alike.’

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