Important Notice: Professional responsibility

SOUTH AFRICA

Professional responsibility

It has come to SACAP’s attention that Registered Professionals (RP) are increasingly appointed to prepare plans and not participate in the actual construction of the project or through the 6 stages of the project. However,  notwithstanding that an RP was not involved in the 6 stages of the construction of the project, he/she is still prepared to fill in SANS 10400-A: 2010 Form 4 at the completion of the project  certifying that the project was completed in accordance with the National Building Regulations and Standards Act.

By signing SANS 10400-A: 2010 Form 4, an RP certifies that the project complies with the National Building Regulations. The RP certifies that he/she was responsible for the project and that to his/her best knowledge, the project was constructed in accordance with approved plans and satisfies the requirements of the National Building Regulations. However, it is not possible for an RP to certify that a project was built in accordance with approved plans and the National Building Regulations if he/she was not involved in the 6 stages of the project.

SACAP cautions RPs who sign SANS 10400-A: 2010 Form 4 on a project they were not involved in during the 6 stages of construction without knowing if the builder has complied with the approved plans and the National Building Regulation. By Signing SANS 10400-A: 2010 Form 4 on a project on which an RP was not involved in on the 6 stages of work, he/she is exposed to a risk if the builder did not build according to the approved plan or National Building Regulations. Furthermore, such conduct amount to a breach of the Code of Professional Conduct.


South African Council for the Architectural Profession