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Fed up with tender questionnaires?

30th September 2019

Many Large Organisations and Government Departments use tenders containing questionnaires;

“Do you have a certificated Quality Management System to IS 9001: 2015 or similar? “ If yes please forward a copy of your certificate. If not please answer the following 20 questions ………………………….

“Do you have a certificated Environmental Management System to IS0 14001: 2015 or similar? “ If yes please forward a copy of your certificate. If not please answer the following 20 questions ………………………….

Seem familiar?

If the tender request states that ISO9001 and ISO14001 are entry requirements and you don’t have these, your quotation or tender, however well prepared, will not get beyond the starting gate.

These organisations simply do not have the time to vet each potential supplier for quality or environmental status.

They rely on one of the Certification Bodies to do the work for them. If the organisation can show that it has passed, and continues to pass, the International Requirements for quality and environmental performance it will be considered for inclusion of that organisation’s preferred suppliers list.

Equally the certificates presented as proof that the organisation does have the necessary qualifications may be scrutinised if they do not bear the UKAS tick and crown that all UK certification bodies use if they are fully accredited.

Non- accredited certificates, however well meaning, do not carry the same weight


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