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Construction sector procurement rules 'require reform'

15 September 2011

Regulations surrounding procurement require simplification in order to improve the efficiency of public sector buying processes, according to an architect.

Willie Watt, a partner at building company Nicoll Russell, told Supply Management that prequalification questionnaires (PQQs) for construction firms have become prohibitively long, due in part to a lack of consultation with industry professionals.

He noted that many PQQs contain more than 100 questions, which is making it increasingly difficult for clients to differentiate between bidders and for suppliers to mark themselves out from competitors.

According to Mr Watt, this is being driven by a lack of understanding of practical issues pertaining to construction sector procurement, resulting in an absence of focus in PQQ questions.

"A PQQ of ten to 12 questions is achievable. I don't see why PQQs need to be any bigger than that," he asserted.

This comes after a report from TechMarketView earlier this month suggested that the simplification of PQQ regulations in IT procurement is resulting in major savings.

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