Consultation outcome

Recognising professional architects' qualifications across the EU

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

Those who offered views to this small-scale consultation were contacted with confirmation that the government would press ahead with the plans as outlined in the consultation.

A statutory instrument was made on 18 August 2011 and came into effect on 12 September 2011.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Consultation looking at an amendment to the Architects Act 1997 about the mutual recognition of professional qualifications across the EU.


Consultation description

This consultation looks at an amendment to the Architects Act 1997 (as amended) in relation to the mutual recognition of professional qualifications. These provisions set out how professionals can obtain recognition of their qualifications when moving between member states within the EU in order to support greater freedom of movement within the single market.

The Architects Act sets out the basic criteria for automatic recognition of qualifications for architects. The way in which this part of the Act is currently drafted could have the potential to give rise to conditions prejudicial to the automatic recognition of qualifications held by other EU nationals who are seeking to practise as architects in the UK and who would be entitled to practise as architects in their home nation.