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"However, Bord Bia has confirmed that it has subcontracted farm inspection for BQAS to South West Services (SWS), even though this company would not be allowed to operate as an inspector in the UK because it has not acquired EN45004 accreditation.
"This huge hole in BQAS procedures within the ROI compared with those demanded in the UK can only be repaired if SWS earns EN45004 accreditation and re-inspects the 7,500 farms or Bord Bia signs a new contract with a company with EN45004 accreditation and it begins a new round of inspec- tions."
On completion of assessment, CIDB will give the BQAS score for the building project.
The simple assessment systems of CONQUAS, BQAS and CE CONQUAS can measure the level of quality achieved by the contractors.
As private building works and public civil engineering works have predominated the construction market in Hong Kong, quality assessment systems similar to the BQAS and CE CONQUAS in Singapore ought to be devised to assess and promote their quality achievement.
But the NBA says BQAS standards fall well short of those in the UK because a farm can be awarded an assurance certificate after achieving only 58% compliance compared with the 100% demanded across the UK.
Mr Burrell said: "BQAS categorises its verifiable standards into `Critical' requiring 100% compliance, and then `Category 1' and `Category 2' both of which score two points for full compliance, one point for partial compliance, and nil points for no compliance.
"But even though there are 72 verifiable standards in BQAS, only eight are critical requirements, there are only 10 in Category 1 compared with a massive 54 in Category 2.
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