News from FARB: National Policy Summit on Professional Regulation Produces Action Plan for Regulatory Collaboration

Washington, DC—The Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB) hosted its inaugural FARB National Policy Summit on Professional Regulation on July 23, 2015. FARB welcomed Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors from 22 associations and federations of regulatory boards to discuss professional regulation and efforts to collaborate on the collective health, safety, and welfare missions surrounding the regulatory community. Participants engaged in lively and productive discussions on a variety of relevant topics ranging from a collective regulatory voice, state based regulation, and antitrust implications of statutorily created and authorized regulatory boards. “On behalf of the FARB Board of Directors, we are so pleased to have had the breadth of representation and scope of knowledge of the regulated professions in attendance. The Summit was very well received by the participants and FARB looks forward to continued dialogue on common regulatory issues,” noted Mary de Sousa, President of FARB and NCARB's Chief Operating Officer.

The purpose of the FARB Summit was to coordinate the efforts of each respective association and identify the significant commonalities in existence. FARB identifies common regulatory factors that will lead to increased efficiencies and promotes uniformity to the extent relevant to the general nature of regulation and public protection. “It is essential that FARB and its Governing Members promote a complete and accurate understanding of professional regulation and the consequences of modifications to the regulatory structures, especially in light of the recent United States Supreme Court decision in the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. the Federal Trade Commission,” stated Dale Atkinson, Executive Director and General Counsel to FARB.

FARB will take immediate steps to publish a revised FARB Uniform Model Practice Act, engage in the development of advocacy approaches to ensure legislative and gubernatorial actions are based upon an informed platform, as well as continue to promote a unified voice regarding professional regulation.

For more information about the summit, contact:
Barbara Arango at


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.