At a reception held at Glaziers Hall in Central London last night, 150 Approved Inspectors and industry professionals invited by CICAIR Limited, the body designated by the Secretary of State in England and Welsh Ministers in Wales to approve approved inspectors, gathered to mark 20 years of the Approved Inspectors Register. The attendees also included the CICAIR Chairman, the Rt Hon. Nick Raynsford, who welcomed attendees to the reception and Offer Stern-Weiner, Deputy Director of the Building Regulations and Energy Performance Division at the Department for Communities and Local Government who was the evening’s guest speaker.
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) was originally designated by the then Department of the Environment in 1996 to approve individual Approved Inspectors and assumed this responsibility on 2 January 1997. In 1998 this designation was extended to cover corporate Approved Inspectors. In 2014, after a comprehensive review, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Welsh Government transferred the designated body status from the CIC to a subsidiary company, CICAIR Ltd.
As the designated body, CICAIR Ltd undertakes the approval of inspectors and the termination of the approval of inspectors in accordance with section 49 of the Building Act 1984 and Part 2 of the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2010. CICAIR is also required to maintain and publish a Code of Conduct for approved inspectors setting out how approved inspectors should discharge their responsibilities.
Chairman of CICAIR Limited, Nick Raynsford, speaking at the event said; "Building Control, properly and effectively carried out, makes a vital contribution to the construction process. Over the past 20 years CICAIR has overseen the register of Approved Inspectors and has initiated a number of measures to raise standards in the sector, including the introduction of a new Code of Conduct in 2017 and a rigorous ongoing audit programme. At the same time, we are very conscious, in the aftermath of the appalling tragedy at Grenfell Tower last summer, of the many searching questions which are quite rightly being asked about the effectiveness of the Building Regulations and the building control process, as well as wider issues relating to fire safety in buildings. We welcome the review being undertaken by Dame Judith Hackitt, and stand ready to help in any way we can to introduce new measures that will ensure improved performance and better safeguards for the public and those involved in the construction process."