Mineral Products Association Northern Ireland (MPANI) has highlighted the company’s within the industry with Third Party Quality Assured Concrete Products and Management Systems.
Recent issues about the quality of mortar have been raised recently and this move from MPANI will help customers to ensure they can guarantee quality and responsibly sourced materials.
Gordon Best, MPANI Director, said, “Customers of our industry and purchasers of concrete products want to be assured that those products they buy and use come from sites that are managed in a safe and environmentally responsible way. They also want to have the guarantee of quality, so we have reacted to this by showcasing the company’s that reach the highest standards and offer this guarantee of third party quality assured products.”
With the support of QSRMC and BSI, MPANI has released a list of all Third Party Quality Assured companies in Northern Ireland to allow those purchasing materials from the industry to make an informed choice.
Gordon added, “This is particularly important for Public sector projects. Procurement policy in Northern Ireland requires that all concrete used on public sector construction sites must be sourced from Third Party Quality Assured Concrete Suppliers.
“The policy states that ‘All ready-mixed concrete supplied for government contracts must be from production plant currently certified by a body accredited by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) to BS EN 45011 for product conformity certification of ready-mixed concrete. These include QSRMC (The Quality Scheme for Ready Mixed Concrete) and BSI (British Standards Institution).
“In terms of private housebuilding, the National Housebuilding Council (NHBC) standards clearly state that ready mixed concrete being used on an NHBC registered housing site is only acceptable from a supplier operating a full quality control system, such as operated by QSRMC or the BSI kitemark or an equivalent system acceptable to NHBC.
For further information on industry standards or advice, contact MPANI on 028 9082 4078 or email [email protected]