A free new tool to assist housing associations and social landlords in appointing and managing contractors has been launched by supplier assessment and compliance specialist Altius.
The ‘All-in-one PQQ Checklist for Housing Associations’ is designed to help managers to define a bespoke contractor questionnaire to reduce risk and increase performance when outsourcing. This covers both the basic information requirements housing associations must include in a PQQ, plus key additional information, for example; CRB checks, compliance with the Modern Slavery Act, working with vulnerable adults, and enhanced health and safety details.
The checklist also includes tips on implementing a new PQQ into current contractor management processes and how to streamline and automate the process using specialist software systems.
Len Simmons, chief operating officer for Altius, commented: “Despite the assistance from the Government on PQQ best practice, mandatory information covered by PAS91 and the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 is sometimes not enough.
“Managers responsible for procurement, contracts and health and safety are routinely using adapted PQQs to screen and manage their suppliers, particularly during the due diligence process, to ensure effective appointment and ongoing management of their contractors. Our checklist makes this task easier and ensures that nothing is forgotten.”