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26 APR 2018

IPMS 2nd edition: what it means for RICS professionals and firms

From 1 May 2018, RICS Property Measurement Professional Statement 2nd Edition becomes mandatory for all RICS professionals and regulated firms. But what does this mean from a regulation perspective and how can you ensure that you or your firm remain compliant?

Download the new professional statement

The aim of this statement is to ensure the highest levels of professionalism and consistency when undertaking property measurements, as well as to ensure the industry is in step with evolving global trends.

The importance of transparency and consistency

As with all our standards, there is an emphasis on transparency to clearly define work.

Property measurements are critically important, and understanding them is equally vital. Accordingly, consistency and transparency ensure that anyone who relies on a professional or firm we regulate knows what standard is being used to perform measurements; and, when performed to the globally recognised IPMS standards, precisely what that measurement means.

What this means for professionals and firms

Once this standard becomes mandatory, all property measurements by our professionals and regulated firms must comply. If RICS professionals rely on measurements performed by others, reports must be transparent about the source of that work and the standards to which it was performed.

As this is implemented, RICS regulation will focus activities on assisting professionals to comply with the new standard through our ongoing Valuer Registration (VR) reviews.

During our VR reviews, we will look for compliance with the requirements of Part 1, Section 1. Specifically, whether an RICS professional has provided the requisite information about measurements that are being used, including, where applicable:

  • the purpose of the measurement instruction
  • the date of the measurement instruction
  • the date the measurement was taken
  • what measurement standard has been adopted
  • the reasons why IPMS was not used (if applicable)
  • the method of measurement used (eg. laser measurer or tape measure)
  • the scale of any plans used
  • the floor-area schedule, with relevant areas cross referenced to floorplans
  • the unit of measurement and conversion factor used, if applicable (eg square feet to square meters)
  • the name of the RICS professional or regulated firm responsible for the instruction (if applicable).

In the event of a complaint, we will assess conduct based on standards in the professional statement.