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Common Assessment Standard (CAS)

Common Assessment Standard (CAS)

 

 

Construction takes major step towards improved efficiency and simplicity;

First phase of the 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.

Once the new system is fully up and running, service providers will be audited once a year, and they will not have to be certified by more than one recognised 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. Clients will be transitioning to the new system over the coming months.

Ian McKinnon, CHAS Managing Director says

“We are honoured to have been selected by Build UK and CECA to deliver the Common Assessment Standard initiative. For over 2 decades now CHAS have strived for a reduction in duplication and the introduction of the Common Assessment Standard (CAS) is translating that aspiration into a reality.

We are fully committed to making sure we bring you the CAS modules and services, to show that we are continuing to support the improvement of efficiencies; to boost productivity of the sector as a whole. 

With the backing of 31 of the largest clients in the construction industry, CAS will simplify the process - reducing duplication, time and cost for your company. 

We are delighted to bring CAS to you and we will endeavour to remain the established market leading, cost-effective solution - putting you first, to make your world of work safer.”

 

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