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Vendor validation

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Past performance is to become part of a new vendor rating for companies seeking highways work. This will be scored and combined with capability assessment toolkit (CAT) scores to produce an overall rating.

To get a past performance score, companies will have to identify three reference contracts and assess their performance in six areas.

These cover lquality of product lquality of service lability to deliver on cost and time ldefects and safety Reference contracts do not have to be roads jobs but must have been completed in the last five years.

Self-assessments must also be endorsed by the clients on these contracts. The Agency will then carry out its own validation exercise in a similar method to the CAT validation.

'It's like obtaining a reference. The contractor does all the work, and all the client has to do is say whether they think it is accurate, ' said Agency supply chain manager Gary Wright.

'It is the contractor's responsibility to do the selfassessment. This is important, because it is important for firms to inform themselves of what we want from our suppliers.'

Firms bidding for the Area 2 Enhanced Managing Agent Contractor (EMAC) contract will be the first to face the new vendor rating system.

Initially the past performance score will contribute 20% with the CAT contributing 80%. This will gradually move to 50/50 as past performance data builds up.

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