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Identification of Work (IDoW) - Update & Input Invited

Monday, 29 October 2018   (0 Comments)
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Extracted from CBE Bulletin Oct 2018

Brief synopsis and contextual background
CBE is impelled by section 21(2) of The Council for the Built Environment Act, 43 of 2000 (the CBE Act) to identify the scope of work for each category of registered persons. The process is referred to as the identification of work (IDoW) and the scoping of the work is determined after consultation with the Competition Commission (CC) and in consultation with the six Councils for the Built Environment Professions (CBEP).

The objective of the IDoW is to enhance the protection and safety of the public and the environment by ensuring that only persons registered in the relevant category of registration (and thus demonstrated the required competence and academic qualifications), perform work in the built environment or take responsibility for work so performed. 

The CC rejected applications on behalf of the CBEP to have identification of work exempted from the provisions of the Competition Act, 89 of 1998. This decision by the CC obliged the CBE and CBEP to reconsider the manner in which work was initially identified for purposes of the mentioned exemption applications. This update is a CBE endeavour to keep its stakeholders informed on the progress on its engagement with the CC regarding the CBEP’ exemption applications. 

Input invited
Stakeholders are invited to input on the matter. Without limiting inputs, comments on the following will be specifically appreciated:

  1. Proposed different regulatory approaches that can ensure persons undertaking built environment work are competent and accountable without unfairly restricting competition.
  2. With regard to above, the possibility of self-regulation of the professions, or a combination of self- regulation and government regulation through an agency.
  3. The protection of titles, as the only regulatory method or in combination with other measures.

Input must be sent to or

Read the full letter on the CBE website here.

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