The National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Contamination Management (NQMS)

The National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Contamination Management (NQMS), is set to be launched on 9 January 2017.nqms-logo

Not sure what it is and what it’s supposed to achieve, find out at the CL:AIRE website.

Will it provide reassurance and certainty for clients or just be another hurdle to leap at extra cost? Is it an attempt by the industry at self-regulation or a job creation scheme for the boys?

At the moment the answers are about as clear as they are on Brexit. There are wide variations in the standard of reports produced but is the way to address the issue? Will it just mean that responsible clients, who are already employing competent consultants pay extra, while those who think lowest cost is best regardless of all else will continue as before, quite unaware even of the scheme’s existence?