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ARB POINTS TO CHANGE

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The Architects Registration Board's idea for a penalty points system for wayward architects looks set to be scrapped this week. The board was considering a scheme to hand out points for minor misdemeanours, which could eventually lead to an architect facing a full disciplinary committee hearing. But lawyers said the system would be unfair, since each case should be taken separately, rather than on a cumulative basis. Now the ARB is planning to issue 'warnings' and 'cautions' in cases which fall short of the charges of serious professional incompetence and unacceptable professional conduct. These warnings will stay on architects' files for five years. The ARB claims the system will refine the disciplinary process. It will vote on the changes at its quarterly meeting today.

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