A number of your letters (NCE 25 February) rightly criticised reliance on self-certification, but none had the courage to call a spade a spade. What all this is exposing is the dangerous nonsense of the 'Quality Assurance' that we have all been supposed to worship over the last decade or so. At its core and foundation is self-certification and client reliance on paper and paper 'audits'.
I have managed many large, complex projects, and have always insisted on the resources to properly inspect the work of subcontractors and suppliers and, in a real world, would admit that the physical quality of my product was likely to be better if my client did the same.
HSG Knox (F), Foresters Cottage, Skelton Lane, Marske, Richmond, N Yorks DL11 7NF.