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Authorized Person disciplined for negligence or misconduct in a professional way

     The Authorized Persons', Registered Structural Engineers' and Registered Geotechnical Engineers' Disciplinary Board (the Board) has completed a disciplinary inquiry and decided that an Authorized Person registered under the Buildings Ordinance (Ordinance), shall be disciplined for being negligent or misconducting himself in a professional way under section 7(1A)(b) of the Ordinance.

     The Board ordered the Authorized Person to be reprimanded and to pay the costs of inquiry of the Board and the Buildings Authority in the sum of $105,200. The Board's decision was published in the Gazette today (December 12). Details are available at the following link: .

     When making an application for transfer of a food business licence to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD), the transferee is required to obtain certification from an Authorized Person or Registered Structural Engineer that the food business premises are free of unauthorised building works.

     The Authorized Person was negligent or had misconducted himself in a professional way for the false certification in a form signed in March 2010 and submitted to the FEHD stating that a food business premises in the New Territories were free of unauthorised building works.

     He pleaded guilty at the inquiry on June 4 this year and the Board made the above decision and order in accordance with sections 7(2)(b), 7(2A) and 7(3) of the Ordinance .

     A spokesperson for the Buildings Department emphasised that persons registered under the Ordinance may be disciplined if they commit professional negligence or misconduct. They may be liable to criminal prosecution if they commit other offences under the Ordinance.

Ends/Friday, December 12, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:02


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