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The first phase of this new pre-qualification (PQ) system launched by Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association (CECA) is hoped to reduce inefficiencies that are costing the construction industry up to £1 billion a year.

The new system will allow for greater consistency and efficiency in how sub-contractors become pre-qualified for work at the first stage (business assurance).

The roll-out of the first phase of the new system took place, which includes:

Publication of the Common Assessment Standard used to pre-qualify companies. Developed based on existing pre-qualification questionnaires, including BSI’s PAS 91, this covers 10 key areas and includes desktop and site-based assessment standards.

Naming of the first recognised assessment bodies to conduct audits of supply chain companies according to the Common Assessment Standard.

CHAS are one of 3 assessment bodies that have been named as a service provider.

The system is being overseen by a Cross Industry Body consisting of experts from organisations across the sector, including public and private sector clients, contractors, consultants, and trade associations.

Under the new system, companies will be audited once a year, and they will not have to be certified by more than one assessment body. There will be a data sharing arrangement which will allow contractors to obtain pre-qualification information from any one of the recognised assessment bodies.

How would Common Assessment Standard Accreditation benefit my Organisation?

  • It is a highly recognised standard that will save you time with pre-qualifications for other organisations.
  • You will have more opportunities to secure bigger and better commercial contracts that previously you may have not been short listed for.
  • This allows clients to have an assurance that all Common Assessment Standard Accreditation Accredited Contractors have been assessed to a minimum common Health and Safety Standard.
  • Improves your professional image allowing you to win more work.
  • Gain a competitive edge.

Need help/assistance joining Common Assessment Standard Accreditation

  • The Common Assessment Standard Accreditation assessment can be complex and time consuming as many companies find it a daunting process
  • We offer a hassle and stress-free service where we complete the Common Assessment Standard Accreditation registration form on your behalf together with the preparation of supporting documents as necessary.
  • Style Contractor Solutions Ltd will also remain with you for a fixed period after the completion of your Common Assessment Standard Accreditation Assessment as your retained Safety Advisors to help ensure that you have access to ongoing competent health and safety support.
  • We can adapt to what level of assistance is required, whether you want us to complete the whole process from start to finish or you require assistance with certain areas of the application, we can help either way.

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