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TITLE 16ECONOMIC REGULATION
PART 4TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION
CHAPTER 68ELIMINATION OF ARCHITECTURAL BARRIERS
RULE §68.76Standards of Conduct for Registered Accessibility Specialist

(a) Competency. The registered accessibility specialist shall be knowledgeable of and adhere to the Act, the rules, the TAS, Technical Memoranda published by the department, and all procedures established by the department. It is the obligation of the registered accessibility specialist to exercise reasonable judgment and skill in the performance of plan reviews, inspections, and related activities.

(b) Integrity. A registered accessibility specialist shall be honest and trustworthy in the performance of plan review, inspection, and related activities, and shall avoid misrepresentation and deceit in any fashion, whether by acts of commission or omission. Acts or practices that constitute threats, coercion, or extortion are prohibited.

(c) Interest. The primary interest of the registered accessibility specialist is to ensure compliance with the Act, the rules, and the TAS. The registered accessibility specialist's position, in this respect, should be clear to all parties concerned while conducting plan reviews, inspections, and related activities.

(d) Conflict of Interest. A registered accessibility specialist is obliged to avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest exists when a registered accessibility specialist performs or agrees to perform a plan review, inspection, or related activity for a project in which he/she has a financial interest, whether direct or indirect. A conflict of interest also exists when a registered accessibility specialist's professional judgment and independence are affected by his/her own family, business, property, or other personal interests or relationships.

(e) Specific Rules of Conduct. A registered accessibility specialist shall not:

  (1) participate, whether individually or in concert with others, in any plan, scheme, or arrangement attempting or having as its purpose the evasion of any provision of the Act, the rules, or the TAS;

  (2) knowingly furnish inaccurate, deceitful, or misleading information to the department, a building owner, or other person involved in a plan review, inspection, or related activity;

  (3) state or imply that the department will approve a variance;

  (4) submit a variance application for a project in which the RAS has provided review or inspection services;

  (5) engage in any activity that constitutes dishonesty, misrepresentation, or fraud while performing a plan review, inspection, or related activity;

  (6) perform a plan review, inspection, or related activity in a negligent or incompetent manner;

  (7) perform a plan review, inspection, or related activity on a building or facility in which the registered accessibility specialist is an owner, either in whole or in part, or an employee of a full or partial owner;

  (8) perform a plan review, inspection, or a related activity on a building or facility that is or will be leased or occupied by an agency of the State of Texas, when the registered accessibility specialist is an employee of the state agency that will occupy the facility;

  (9) perform a plan review, inspection, or related activity on a building or facility wherein the registered accessibility specialist participated in creating the overall design of the current project;

  (10) use the Texas State seal without obtaining the appropriate license in accordance with Texas Business and Commerce Code, Chapter 17, §17.08(c); or

  (11) represent himself or herself as an employee of the department or as a person hired by the department.


Source Note: The provisions of this §68.76 adopted to be effective November 5, 2001, 26 TexReg 8807; amended to be effective February 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 382; amended to be effective March 1, 2007, 32 TexReg 884; amended to be effective March 15, 2012, 37 TexReg 677

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