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18 December 2013



Constructionline becomes first PAS 91:2013 compliant prequalification scheme


In spring 2013, BSI published the latest revision of PAS 91 - the standard pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) for the construction industry - commissioned by Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS). In response, Constructionline has rolled out a series of updates to align its pre-qualification questionnaire to the specification, becoming the first and only PAS 91 compliant scheme of its kind.


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The updated PAS (Publically Available Specification) is designed to streamline and reduce the burden of pre-qualification in construction procurement processes’, allowing suppliers to submit their pre-prepared PAS 91 for all buyers who are PAS 91 compliant. The specification continues to be mandated for adoption by central government and recommended for use by the rest of government and the private sector.

As an active member of the steering group for over 3 years, Constructionline has been in discussions with both public and private sector buyers to ensure the best interests of both its public and private sector buyers were represented in the latest PAS 91 update.


Philip Prince, Sales and Marketing Director at Constructionline, told us;


"The updated version of PAS 91 is a positive step forward in reducing the burden of pre-qualification on the construction industry’s supply chain. By providing a standardised pre-qualification question set, it aims to solve the common problem of suppliers having to complete a variety of different questionnaires in order to pre-qualify for work."

"Simplifying the pre-qualification process is the very essence of what Constructionline stands for, which is why we have adopted the new version of PAS 91 as the basis for our own prequalification questionnaire."


In the first five months since its launch, Constructionline has seen a good uptake of PAS 91:2013 with over 100 buyers fully compliant through use of Constructionline, including; Procure 21+, Kier, McLaughlin Harvey and Oldham Council.


Michael Crotty, Business Development Manager at McLaughlin & Harvey commented,


"By adopting the PAS 91 question set and by using Constructionline to pre-qualify our subcontractors, we believe the time and resource savings will strengthen our supply chain."


"Although the uptake of PAS 91:2013 amongst our members has been encouraging, what matters now is that the whole industry works collaboratively to promote the importance of PAS 91 and encourages even wider adoption among buyers. This will open up more opportunities to SMEs and help ensure the construction industry remains buoyant as we begin to emerge from the recession." - Philip Prince


What’s changed?

PAS 91:2013 developments in a nutshell:

1. Scope and guidance for buyers to ask suppliers supplementary questions, such as those in respect of technical and professional ability and, where necessary, project specific questions.

2. The question modules have been updated to clearly indicate where suppliers may be exempted from completing a question module by holding a certificate or accreditation such as ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 or a successful assessment from a registered member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP), such as Acclaim Accreditation.

3. A section on Building Information Modelling (BIM) has also been introduced for projects requiring it.



Buyers: Have you adopted PAS 91:2013?

Visit the PAS91 Portal - complete the online registration form to feature your logo on the PAS 91 Information Portal and demonstrate to the industry your commitment to reducing duplication.



Suppliers: How can I identify PAS 91 questions?

We’ve made it easy for you to identify PAS 91 questions, by highlighting them in purple and adding the corresponding PAS 91 question number, just like this:

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Your profile was automatically updated in April and you will just be required to update information as and when it expires and complete your annual review when due as usual. However, the additional BIM, Quality and Environmental Management questions are available for you to update if you wish. This could help increase the number of buyer searches you appear in.



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