What do you need to look out for when issuing a Quality Assurance ITT?
In the first instance define what the assurance controls should deliver.
Consultants should prepare a management plan that includes provisions for testing and challenging decisions, provide options for savings costs, align risks and establish a formal procedure on how the assurance will be carried out.
Review of Concept
The consultant should provide due diligence including reviewing planning applications
They should provide assurance on design and cost and leverage opportunities to increase options for the client
Handover & Close Out
The specification should include detailed outputs that are desired as part of the consultancy support to provide quality assurance. You are issuing a Quality Assurance ITT because the skills are not available in-house or because you require a second layer of independent advice. QA is another opportunity to get specialist advice on the due diligence required for major projects. Throughout the project lifecycle, the consultants should work closely with the client Estates team and provide formal reporting to the project board and audit committee.