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ARB Brexit FAQs

On 23 June 2016 the EU referendum took place and the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. For the time being the UK remains a full member of the EU and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force.  Government negotiations will determine what arrangements apply in relation to EU legislation during the transition period and beyond.

These FAQs were last reviewed on 23 April 2018.  We are following matters closely and will provide further updates as we learn more about the impact that the negotiations will have on the registration of architects and the recognition of UK prescribed qualifications in other Member States. Further Government updates can be found on the gov.uk website here .

We recognise that you may have questions about what this means for you, so have put together a short set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) which we hope are useful and help explain our current position.  Please use our Talk to Us page if your question is not covered below or if you require further information.

 

  1. Have any registration policies changed following the outcome of the referendum?

At this point, no changes have been made in relation to the Architects Act 1997 which underpins the work we do, and therefore no changes have been made to any of our policies.

 

  1. What is ARB doing to plan for the UK’s exit from EU?

We are actively reviewing the Withdrawal Agreement to determine how the transition period might impact on our policies, procedures and more importantly on our stakeholders.

We are also closely monitoring the negotiations on the future relationship the UK will have with Europe, particularly those relating to the mutual recognition of professional qualifications.  We are starting to map potential risks and identify what actions we may need to take as a consequence of the negotiations.

 

  1. I am an EU/EEA national who wants to register with ARB, am I still able to?

At this point, no changes have been made to the Architects Act 1997 and therefore no changes have been made to our registration process.

As was the case before the referendum, if you are an EU/EEA national with qualifications listed under the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC) (“PQD”) and you have access to the profession of architect in your home member state, you will be eligible to apply for registration.  Please follow this link for further information on how to apply.

If you are an architect registered in another EU member state and with EU rights, but you do not hold qualifications listed under the PQD, you may still be able to register with us through a different process known as the General System.  Please use our Talk to Us page to speak to someone from our team about your particular circumstances.

 

  1. I am an EU/EEA national currently on the Register, has the outcome of the referendum changed my registration status?

 No – at this point the registration status of anyone on our register has not changed because of the outcome of the referendum.

 

  1. I am an architect who qualified in the UK with a UK passport, can I still apply to join registers in other EU/EEA Member States?

 At this point, no changes have been made to the status of UK qualifications or passports in other EU/EEA Member States.

If you hold both UK Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications which the UK has notified under Annex V.7.1 of the Directive, they are currently covered by the PQD.  This means they are recognised in other Member States and you should have access to join their registers. UK nationals can currently still move freely around the EU/EEA using their UK passports.

We recommend that you contact the competent authority in the country you want to register in to know out more about their processes. Details of the competent authorities in other EU Member States can be found in this document.

 

  1. I am a UK national currently on the register in another EU Member State, what does the referendum result mean for me?

 We advise that you contact the competent authority for the Member State in which you are practising to find out their position.  Details of the competent authorities in other EU Member States can be found in this document.

However, as it stands, ARB-prescribed qualifications are still recognised in other EU Member States and people with UK passports still have the freedom to establish as architects in other EU member states until further notice.

 

  1. I hold non-EU/EEA or non-UK qualifications but want to register with ARB, how does the referendum affect me?

 The outcome of the EU referendum does not affect current routes to registration for those with non-EU/EEA or non-UK qualifications.

ARB does not automatically recognise any qualifications from outside the United Kingdom, other than those covered by the PQD. If you have obtained qualifications from outside the EU/EEA, please use this link for more information on how you can register with us.

 

  1. Will ARB be able to directly recognise qualifications from outside of the EU in due course?

 There are no agreements with countries outside the EU at the present time. We are holding high level discussions with our sponsoring Government Department and other registration bodies to explore the opportunity for establishing mutual recognition agreements with other countries in the longer term.

 

  1. I would like to study architecture in another EU/EEA Member State, will I be able to join the UK Register of Architects on my return to the UK?

 At this point, no changes have been made to the Architects Act 1997 and therefore no changes have been made to our current registration processes.

We do not know at this stage whether you will be able to use your EU/EEA qualifications to register in the UK once the transition period has ended.  Once we have thoroughly reviewed the Withdrawal Agreement and have a clearer understanding of the terms and outcomes of the negotiations regarding the UK’s future relationship with the EU, we will be able to provide a clearer response to this question.

We would advise that you continue to monitor our FAQs for updates.

 

  1. I’m studying a prescribed qualification in the UK, how might the referendum result affect me?

 At this point, no changes have been made to the Architects Act 1997 and therefore no changes have been made to our current national level registration processes.  Therefore if you hold ARB-prescribed Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 level qualifications you can currently register in the UK in the usual way.

We do not know at this stage whether you will be able to use your prescribed qualifications to register in other EU countries once the transition period has ended.  Once we have thoroughly reviewed the Withdrawal Agreement and have a clearer understanding of the terms and outcomes of the negotiations regarding the UK’s future relationship with the EU, we will be able to provide a clearer response to this question.

We would advise that you continue to monitor our FAQs for updates.

 

  1. I’m studying a listed qualification in the EU (non-UK), how might the referendum result affect me?

 At this point, no changes have been made to the Architects Act 1997 and therefore no changes have been made to our current registration processes.  Please use this link for more information on how you can register with us.

We do not know at this stage whether you will be able to use your listed qualifications to register in the UK once the transition period has ended.  Once we have thoroughly reviewed the Withdrawal Agreement and have a clearer understanding of the terms and outcomes of the negotiations regarding the UK’s future relationship with the EU, we will be able to provide a clearer response to this question.

We would advise that you continue to monitor our FAQs for updates.

 

  1. How might the referendum result impact ARB’s practical training requirements for students?

 At this point, no changes have been made to the Architects Act 1997 and therefore no changes have been made to our current registration processes.  Please use this link for more information on how you can register with us.

We do not know at this stage what impact the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have on our practical training requirements.  Once we have thoroughly reviewed the Withdrawal Agreement and have a clearer understanding of the terms and outcomes of the negotiations regarding the UK’s future relationship with the EU, we will be able to provide a clearer response to this question.

We would advise that you continue to monitor our FAQs for updates.

 

  1. Are there any aspects of ARB’s role and remit that won’t be affected by the UK leaving the EU?

 On the basis of what we know to date, it is unlikely that any aspect of our professional standards work, (such as the Architects Code, title regulation and how we handle complaints against architects) will be affected.

 

  1. I am an EU national and want to become a member of the RIBA. Can I still do so?

 ARB and RIBA are distinct organisations.  ARB is the statutory regulator for the architects’ profession and RIBA is a voluntary membership organisation. You can find out more about RIBA membership on their website.

Glossary

  • ARB – Architects Registration Board
  • Competent authority – a person or organisation with the legal authority to deal with a particular matter. ARB is the competent authority for architects in the UK.  We ensure effective regulation of architects operating in more than one EEA and facilitate the requirements of the PQD which enables appropriately qualified architects to work in different parts of Europe.
  • EC rights – Enforceable Community rights
  • EEA – European Economic Area
  • EU – European Union
  • Listed qualification – a qualification approved through the European Commission’s notification process and listed under Annex V of the PQD
  • Member State – a state to which the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC) applies on the basis of legislation
  • Prescribed qualification – a qualification approved through ARB’s prescription process by the ARB Board and listed in Schedule 1 of the Board’s General Rules
  • PQD – Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC)
  • Referendum – a method of referring a question or set of questions directly to an entire electorate.
  • Transition/Implementation period – the time-limited adjustment period (from 29 March 2019 to 31 December 2020) before the new permanent arrangements apply to the UK having left the EU.
  • UK – United Kingdom

 

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