RICS set to raise valuation standards

If approved, all members involved in the valuation of commercial and residential property and specialist areas such as rural property, plant and equipment, personal and business property along with mineral asset valuations will have their competence monitored on a continuing basis to satisfy clients, and public authorities that RICS is able to properly regulate its members in a testing environment.

RICS also proposes to introduce an accreditation scheme for RICS valuers which will provide a recognisable ‘kitemark’ covering the method and practice of valuations and require re-accreditation every three years.

Since 2002, RICS has been involved in an on going process that led to major changes in RICS' regulatory regime and from 2007 RICS has been operating a "better regulation" model under arms-length governance. With this in mind RICS members voted to approve an independent recommendation of Sir Bryan Carsberg to introduce a system of proactive monitoring to check compliance with the Red Book (which is mandatory for all RICS members and regulated firms). RICS considers that now there is an even greater public demand for measures that ensure that markets and other stakeholders can have the highest level of confidence in the competence and probity of professionals working in key sectors of the economy. RICS expects that the valuation framework will be mandatory for all RICS valuers who are subject to the RICS Red Book from April 2010.