Pre-qualification questionnaires explained

What is a PQQ?

A pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) is given to a contractor by a client. It is used to assess the capability of that contractor.

Pre-qualification questionnaires can contain questions about several compliance related topics. The topics will depend on the needs of the client and the nature of the work, but they can include: 

  • Health and safety

  • Environmental management

  • Quality management

  • Information Security

  • Financial performance

  • References

The PQQ process usually takes place before a contractor is hired. PQQs are often issued by clients at the tender stage of a project, and help the client decide which contractors are eligible for the work. Clients may also ask for PQQs to be completed before allowing entry to an approved contractor list. 

The construction industry standard for pre-qualification questionnaire’s is PAS 91. This was commissioned by the UK government to make the PQQ process simpler for contractors, and to standardise it across the board.
Alcumus SafeContractor is a member of SSIP, the official forum for UK accreditation providers. As part of the requirements to become a member of SSIP, SafeContractor has demonstrated that our accreditation process conforms to the health and safety module of the PAS 91 framework. 

The three additional SafeContractorPlus modules covering environmental management, quality management and equality & diversity have been specifically developed to follow the additional compliance modules of PAS 91.


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