How We Are Governed

PQS is a SSIP Registered Member and subject to regular independent audit.

SSIP is supported by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) and acts as an umbrella organisation to facilitate and maximise mutual or cross-recognition of health and safety assessments between SSIP member schemes, wherever practicable to do so.

PQS Pre-Qualification-Scheme is a member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP). As an SSIP member PQS is fully  committed to the vision of driving unnecessary cost and confusion out of supplier health and safety assessment, and SSIP’s core philosophy is to enable effective cross-recognition between existing schemes. Visit:

SSIP Registered Member

PQS adopts internal control principles based on the International Standard ISO/IEC 170241 Conformity Assessment – requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management system. This Standard is used by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to approve certification bodies.

At the assessment level, IRCA SSIP Assessor requirements are adopted.

As part of these internal controls, PQS Management Team safeguard the impartiality of it’s activities, with responsibilities including:

  • Assisting in developing the policies relating to impartiality of its activities,
  • Counteracting any tendency on the part of the scheme to allow commercial or other considerations
  • Preventing the consistent objective provision of assessment activities,
  • Advising on matters affecting confidence in assessment, including openness and public perception, and
  • Conducting a review, as least once annually, of the impartiality of the assessments and decision making processes of the PQS Scheme

Quality Management is assured within independent certification by UKAS approved BSI to ISO9001 Quality Management Systems Standard.  The principles adopted throughout PQS include:

  • Impartiality
  • Competence
  • Responsibility
  • Openness
  • Confidentiality
  • Responsiveness to complaints