09 October 2007 | Antony Barton
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has created a standard contract that purchasers in construction can use to buy goods. It also wants buyers to express their opinions on how the contract can be developed.
The NEC3 Supply Contract Consultative Edition can be used to buy a wide range of goods, such as transformers, turbine rotors and raw materials.
John Hawkins, ICE manager, contracts and disputes, told Supplymanagement.com the contract could extend beyond construction, to procure goods such as computer equipment and rolling stock for railways.
He said the NEC panel - the team of engineers that created the contract - is especially keen to hear what purchasers think the contract needs to say about the delivery of goods, including loading and unloading responsibility, and the point at which the goods legally transfer from supplier to buyer.
A half-day workshop on the consultative draft will be held at the ICE in London on 11 October. It aims to brief potential users from all industries on the new contract and give them the opportunity to discuss it with members of the NEC panel. The workshop will also be broadcast live online.
The panel will take account of all comments received by 2 November before finalising a first edition for publication early in 2008.
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