Detailed check of Professional Qualifications Bill continues
15 June 2021
The House of Lords continued line by line examination, committee stage, of the Professional Qualifications Bill on Monday 14 June.
Line by line check and change
Committee stage is the first chance to check the bill in detail and make changes.
Members speaking discussed changes on a wide rage of subjects including the implementation of international recognition agreements, and recognition of foreign auditors and foreign audit qualifications.
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Explore further information
Find out more about the bill in the House of Lords Library Professional Qualifications Bill briefing.
Read the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee report on the bill (3rd report).
Committee stage (day three) is expected to continue on Tuesday 22 June.
What's happened so far?
Committee stage day one: Wednesday 9 June
Members argued the independence of regulators from government is of vital concern.
They raised the issue of costs in dealing with overseas professional qualifications which fall short of UK standards, and said regulators should not be burdened with these.
Members discussed the maintenance of standards for priority professions, for example health and social care work, is particularly crucial.
They argued for a legal commitment in the bill to consult if regulators of these profession are required to open up their approval system further.
Second reading: Tuesday 25 May
Members debated the main areas of the bill at second reading. For example, a new framework for the recognition of professional qualifications gained overseas and international agreements on the recognition of professional qualifications.
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