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RISQS Newsletter - November 2020

Audits have CHANGED

In line with the requirements of NR/L2/SCO/302, RISQS has changed its Audit Protocols, Scheme Rules, Governance documents and Terms and Conditions.

The most significant change is with the Industry Minimum Requirements now being split into a CORE audit and a CDM audit

Only organisations who have selected auditable codes with ‘Construct, Install, Maintain, Commission, Design, Modify and Decommission’ activities will be required to undergo the CDM audit module. Any supplier can elect to undergo the additional module if they wish.

Make sure you review any new requirements within the protocols and incorporate the changes into your day to day processes. Updated documents including protocols are available on the RISQS website.

Visit our website for more information on the changes to audits - https://www.risqs.org/news/its-all-change-with-audits/


Other Scheme Documentation Changes

The Terms and conditions have been updated to align to the latest requirements for GDPR and to incorporate the requirement of the standard that suppliers must be able to demonstrate at audit “their ability to meet the requirements of this standard without the consultant present”

All updated documents can be found here (https://www.risqs.org/scheme-documents/).

For more information on the changes, contact the Customer Service Team on 0800 4101 300 or email info@risqs.org.


Get more from RISQS – Set up OJEU alerts

Did you know that you could set up your RISQS portal to receive OJEU alerts?

At present, around 400 suppliers have already set up OJEU alerts on their RISQS profile within the system. The functionality has been built into the RISQS Platform making it easy for you to set up. By adding OJEU alerts into your RISQS profile, it will extend your available procurement opportunities.

Watch this short video >> https://youtu.be/gsT6Hsx_wNA

Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) (https://www.ojeu.eu/) is the online journal that is home to all public sector contracts that are worth above a certain value. It uses CPV codes (Common public Procurement Vocabulary) to identify products and services.

To find out more, contact the Customer Service Team on 0800 4101 300 or email info@risqs.org.


Head of Assurance appointed

We are pleased to announce Tony Howard has accepted the role of Head of Assurance. Tony will lead both RISQS and RISAS schemes.

Tony has recently been fulfilling the role of interim Head of Supplier Assurance since early February 2020.

Prior to joining RSSB, Tony worked as Training Director for the BESA group for over three years. Amongst other roles he has held, Tony spent over nine years at CITB including roles as Technical Services Manager, Accreditation Manager and Head of New Business Development.


Buyers Consultation Group

We are looking for representatives from buyer organisations to attend the next RISQS Buyer Consultation Group Meeting.

The next meeting will be held online on Tuesday 10th November 2020 from 10am – 12pm.

Once confirmed as a buyer, a team invite will be sent to your email address. To raise an agenda item ahead of the meeting, emails should be sent to Gareth Morris and Mike Healey (Chair and Vice Chair of the RISQS Buyers Consultation) who will both review the proposed agenda item.

To sign up to attend, email info@risqs.co.uk.


Network Rail joins TfL and London Underground in providing free access to Standards and Information updates

Earlier this year Network Rail issued all suppliers with access to their New Standards Portal where all suppliers can access standards for free.  These free standards are via the same portal as London Underground and TfL already off free access.

This access also includes free updates on what standards have been changed, introduced and withdrawn, there is no need to sign up to additional access levels.

Instructions on how to register can be found on the Network Rail portal home page.

If your organisation requires access to all three sets of standards contact IHS and request a single use login to access both sets of standards and their retrospective updates.



Creative start-ups to be given a share of £1 million to see ideas brought to life

A new competition has recently been launched by the Department for Transport. The latest round of Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) funding is now open to entrepreneurs and innovators looking to create a better transport system.

If you are a transport tech start-up (all modes included) or happen to know a company who might fit the bill – help us to spread the word about this competition. The themes for the 2020 competition are:

  • Covid-19 recovery
  • Decarbonisation
  • Accessibility
  • Open call

To find out more information about how to enter the competition, read the press release here.

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