19 Mar 2013

Engineers seek UK advice on conduct code

8:19 am on 19 March 2013

The Institute of Professional Engineers has invited a British expert to give advice as it looks to redraft its code of conduct.

The institute is reviewing its code of ethics in light of the report by the Royal Commission on the Canterbury Earthquakes, which put the blame for the CTV building collapse largely on the shoulders of the building's engineer.

John Uff, a London barrister who specialises in professional negligence, says the institute needs a clearer understanding of its role in building safety.

He says there needs to be a clear path for those with concerns and ways of ensuring authorities follow through.

Professor Uff also wants to see legislation brought in allowing only engineers who are registered to give engineering advice.