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RIBA Code of Practice for Chartered Practices

RIBA Chartered Practices are the only architectural practices endorsed and promoted by the RIBA. This accreditation sends a strong signal to clients, employees and the wider construction industry and shows that your business is committed to excellence in design and service delivery. The Code of Practice sets out the standards of conduct and practice that the RIBA requires of its Chartered Practices.

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Honesty, integrity and competence, as well as concern for others and for the environment, are the foundations of the RIBA's three principles of professional conduct.

As part of their membership undertaking, Chartered Practices are bound by the RIBA Code of Practice for Chartered Practices.

The Code of Practice was reviewed and overhauled in 2018. The new code came into effect on 1 May 2019. For facts and issues which predate this document, please see the previous code, effective from January 2017 until 1 May 2019.

The Disciplinary Procedures were also amended and updated and came into effect on 8 April 2019.

The Code of Practice is not only a tool for holding Chartered Practices to account in the event of a complaint against them, it is also a useful resource to assist practices in their day-to-day work and operation: providing information and guidance on key issues.

If you wish to make a complaint about a RIBA Chartered Practice, first consider contacting the practice directly to try and resolve the dispute. Also consider the alternative dispute resolution options available, including mediation, arbitration and adjudication.

Also, bear in mind that professional conduct complaints do not lead to the awarding of compensation or a financial settlement. Professional conduct cases examine the professionalism and conduct of the practice in question, investigating whether or not there has been a breach of the Code of Practice.

If your complaint is not about a Chartered Practice, but instead an individual RIBA Member, please see the Code of Professional Conduct.

For more information please contact: professional.standards@riba.org.

For the 2019 Codes and Procedures, thanks must go, in particular, to Dr David Roberts, Ethics Fellow of The Bartlett Ethics Commission, for sharing his extensive research on codes within the built environment sector; The Edge, particularly for their work on Collaboration for Change, and Simon Foxell for his support, feedback and most recent publication – Professionalism for the Built Environment.

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