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Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ)

What is a pre-qualification questionnaire?

Pre-qualification questionnaires are used to help public sector buyers/purchasers shortlist suppliers to invite to tender where a certain level of technical ability is required, and form part of the restricted tendering procedure.

PQQs enable purchasers to assess the organisation's commercial, technical and financial competencies and determine whether they meet the minimum criteria of the contract. Within the construction industry, pre-qualification questionnaires have also been adopted by private sector construction companies as they provide an effective method of assessing sub-contractors' competencies.

A typical pre-qualification questionnaire will request full company contact details, evidence of previous work and require answers based on the following topics:

  • Finance
  • Status & legitimacy
  • Quality
  • Environment
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Health and Safety

Constructionline's role in the pre-qualification process

As the UK's largest register of local and national pre-qualified construction and construction-related services, Constructionline has been developed to mitigate the need for contractors and consultants to fill in a pre-qualification questionnaire every time they tender.

Members need only fill in the Constructionline PQQ just once, then update the information as and when it expires. This information is held in the Constructionline Pre-Qualification Database that is currently used by over 8,000 buyers from over 2,200 organisations, ranging from large central government department and agencies to Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Universities, NHS Trusts and private sector main contractors.

The scheme also helps public sector procurers achieve their efficiency savings by significantly reducing the administrative burden of evaluating numerous pre-qualification forms and maintaining their in-house supplier lists.

To find out more about how Constructionline could assist you in the pre-qualification process, please follow one of the links below:


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