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Code confusion removes conduct from equation

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Your 'Code of Practice faces fipedanticfl OFT pressure' article (AJ 27.5.04) will cause some confusion, because the RIBA does not have a 'code of practice' and is not changing its policy on practice names.

However, the RIBA is currently revising its Code of Professional Conduct as part of our ongoing strategy to make the profession more consumer-focused.As a separate issue, early last year the OFT asked us to reconsider undertakings 3.1 and 3.3 in the current code in light of new competitions legislation. As a result, these undertakings were suspended by the RIBA Council in July 2003, pending the issue of our new code.

The final draft of the new Code of Professional Conduct is due to be considered by the RIBA Council in September 2004.

The RIBA's guidance on practice names has existed since January 1987, and was last significantly updated in 1998. It has simply been incorporated as an annex to the guidance note on advertising, which will accompany the new code.

Richard Brindley, RIBA director of practice

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