In Northern Ireland, all construction works contracts procured by a Centre of Procurement Expertise (CoPE) will include a requirement that all main contractors seeking to tender shall have and maintain an Environmental Management System (EMS) certified by a third party.
Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) in conjunction with the CoPEs will approve and accept third party certification of an EMS provided that:
- it is based on a recognised standard – for example, ISO 14001, BS8555 or equivalent and
- it is construction focused incorporating site inspections and
- the third party certification body is accredited or recognised
Further information is available on the Department website.