Building and construction Minister Dr Nick Smith is looking to strengthen regulation for engineers. The proposed regulations would focus on two key areas:
- requirnig engineers to have the right knowledge, skills and competence to undertake the certain roles (such as designing a building); and
- ensure engineers are accountable for failings in their work.
This second point has been a large issue following the Royal Commission into the collapse of the CTV building and the ability for Alan Reay to resign from IPENZ prior to a disciplinary hearing (click here to read our earlier blog post). There have also been calls to extend the disciplinary ability to cover people who are not members of IPENZ (see previous post here). A criminal investigation by police is still ongoing.
The intention is also to extend the range of sanctions and fines.
Click here to read the article in the Herald.