The Architects Registration Board has no difficulty in measuring 'unacceptable professional conduct' against its Standards of Codes and Practice prepared in accordance with the Architects Act.
I understand the ARB is now considering a definition for 'serious professional incompetence' and I suspect it will have some difficulty. I suspect also that Parliament was unaware that the ARB would put performance issues into its code of professional conduct, hence its requirement for separation of 'serious professional incompetence'.
The best proposed definition I have heard thus far for SPI is 'negligence with serious consequences', but I wonder whether alternative definitions might be offered to the ARB from the membership at large. Accordingly, I invite readers to write to me at Braehead, 206 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, G41 5EU or email me at Cuthj@aol. com with their thoughts.
James G Cuthbertson, former chairman of the RIBA disciplinary committee 1995-July 2001