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6 September 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Construction procurement professionals in Australia are being asked to adhere to rules to drive quality and compliance.
The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) has put together a guide on procuring construction which aims to help buyers “gain a more informed understanding and improve decision making”.
Procurement of Construction Products - A guide to achieveing compliance includes 12 principles which it explained should be applied to all decisions by buyers to “ensure the products they select meet the appropriate standards and are fit for purpose”.
The codes include calls on procurement professionals to make sure relevant legislation is compiled; products procured conform to the requirements in contracts; obtain evidence of the source of construction products and their authenticity; and they are responsible for managing conformity assessment outcomes at each stage of the project.
Teresa Scott, executive director at the APCC, said: “The guide will increase awareness, provide guidance, understanding, and improved decision making in the procurement and compliance issues of construction products. It is hoped that the guide will provide procurers with greater clarity, reduce confusion and assist to ‘demystify’ matters relating to the conformance of construction products in Australia.
“The guide fills an existing void by providing a solid non-regulatory and invaluable tool for the procurement of construction products in Australia and providing a level of confidence for all stakeholders involved in building and construction project delivery.”