The Architects Registration Board
ODPM is the sponsoring department for the statutory body which is responsible for the registration of architects - The Architects Registration Board (ARB).
The ARB succeeded the Architects Registration Council of the United Kingdom (ARCUK). ARB duties and functions are defined by the Architects Act 1997. In order to practice legally in the United Kingdom, an architect must be registered by the ARB.
The ARB was established to guarantee the professional competence of architects to consumers of architectural services. It is responsible for upholding the competency and integrity of architects through its Professional Conduct Committee. Its 15 member board consists of eight appointed lay members and seven elected architect members.
The Architects Directive (85/384/EC)
OPDM is the government department which has responsibility for the Architects Directive (85/384/EC). This directive allows movement of professional architects within Europe, by laying down the qualifications which are mutually recognised throughout the EU as entitling the holder to professional registration in the member states in which they wish to practise.
Draft directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications in the European Union: public consultation
The European Parliament and Council are proposing to clarify and simplify European Union rules on professional recognition, by incorporating a large number of current directives into one consolidated text. This will incorporate the current Architects Directive. The aim is to create a clearer, more secure and quicker system for the recognition of qualifications in the field of the regulated professions, in order to secure freer movement of labour.
The Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications was introduced at the Barcelona Summit (March 2002) and presented to the Internal Market Consumer and Tourism Council on 21 May 2002. The Commission presented it to Member States on 4 June 2002.
The first European Council working group met on 27 June 2002 to begin negotiations on the Proposal, and the draft Directive was the subject of a public consultation exercise which ended on 30 September 2002. The full text of the draft Directive and the complete consultation document can be seen on the consultation website set up by the Department for Education and Skills.