Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0120-02-.02 - PROPER CONDUCT OF PRACTICE

(1) The registrant shall at all times recognize the primary obligation to protect the safety, health and welfare of the public in the performance of the registrant's professional duties.
(2) If the registrant becomes aware of a decision taken by an employer, client, or contractor, against the registrant's advice, which violates applicable Federal, State or Local Laws, Regulations, or Codes which may affect adversely the safety, health and welfare of the public, the registrant shall:
(a) Report the decision to the authority having jurisdiction charged with the enforcement of the applicable Federal, State or Local Laws, Regulations, and Codes;
(b) Refuse to consent to the decision; and
(c) In circumstances where the registrant reasonably believes that other such decisions will be taken notwithstanding the registrant's objections, terminate services with reference to the project.
(3) A registrant possessing knowledge of a violation of T.C.A. Title 62, chapter 2, or this chapter, shall report such knowledge to the Board in writing and shall cooperate with the Board in furnishing such further information or assistance as it may require.
(4) The registrant shall maintain the continuing education records required by rule 0120-05-.10 for a period of four (4) years and shall furnish such records to the Board for audit verification purposes within thirty (30) days of the Board's request.
(5) A registrant possessing knowledge of an applicant's qualifications for registration shall cooperate with the applicant and/or the Board by responding appropriately regarding those qualifications when requested to do so. A registrant shall provide timely verification of employment and/or experience earned by an applicant under the registrant's supervision if there is reasonable assurance that the facts to be verified are accurate. A registrant shall not knowingly sign any verification document that contains false or misleading information.
(6) A registrant may not submit any information as part of a proposal for a public project to the state or any of its political subdivisions that would enable the governmental entity to evaluate the proposal on any basis other than the competence and qualifications of the registrant to provide the services required, thereby precluding participation in any system requiring a comparison of compensation. This rule shall apply only to proposals submitted to governmental entities that are prohibited by T.C.A. § 12-4-107(a) from making a selection or awarding a contract on the basis of competitive bids. Upon selection, a registrant may state compensation to a prospective client in direct negotiation where architectural, engineering, or landscape architectural services necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare have been defined.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0120-02-.02
Original rule certified May 3, 1974. Repeal and new rule filed January 14, 1980; effective February 28, 1980. Amendment filed January 29, 1987; effective March 15, 1987. Amendment filed July 19, 2002; effective October 2, 2002. Amendment filed September 11, 2009; effective December 10, 2009. Amendment filed December 11, 2012; effective March 11, 2013. Amendment filed November 17, 2014; effective February 15, 2015. A stay of the effective date was filed January 27, 2015; new effective date May 1, 2015. Amendment filed September 15, 2015; effective 12/14/2015.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 62-2-203(c) and (d) and 62-204.

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