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  • Do I have to apply for Acclaim Accreditation at the same time as Constructionline?

    Yes. Acclaim Accreditation has been included within all paid Constructionline memberships and is no longer offered as a standalone product.

    Constructionline Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum memberships include Acclaim Accreditation but also offer a ‘Deem to Satisfy’ certificate for those who hold a valid SSIP with an alternative provider.

    To find the membership for you please visit the Constructionline website.

  • Is there any guidance telling us what we need to provide for an Acclaim assessment?

    Yes. We have detailed guidance documents for both construction and non-construction suppliers. These explain exactly what you must provide in order to meet the SSIP criteria and pass the assessment.

    View our helpful guidance documents here to ensure you provide us with all the information that is required.

  • We have less than 5 employeess, do the questions apply to us?

    Yes. They all apply but we have two question sets - one for companies with less than 5 and one for companies more than 5 employees. Please read our helpful guidance here to ensure you provide us with all the information that is required.

  • How long does it take to obtain an Acclaim certificate

    Normally within 10 working days as long as you provide all the required information in your initial submission. If we have to return your form because there is missing information or documentation, this will delay completion.

  • How much will it cost?

    Acclaim Accreditation is included within the overall cost of a Constructionline membership, with the fee based on the membership level you choose and the turnover of your business, making membership affordable for smaller companies as well as larger ones. To find the membership for you please visit the Constructionline website.

    Please note: Acclaim Accreditation cannot be purchased as a standalone product.

  • What is the difference between Constructionline and Acclaim Accreditation?

    Constructionline is the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management service for the construction industry, whose aim is to improve efficiencies for Buyers and Suppliers in the procurement process. Constructionline offers assurance to Buyers about the business competency and capability of Suppliers, including the need to demonstrate health and safety management competency.

    Acclaim Accreditation is a health and safety assessment scheme provided by Fortius Ltd and is open to all industries. Constructionline Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum memberships include Acclaim Accreditation but also offer a ‘Deem to Satisfy’ certificate for those who hold a valid SSIP with an alternative provider.

    Please note: Acclaim Accreditation cannot be purchased as a standalone product.

  • What is CDM 2015?

    The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations are intended to ensure that health and safety issues are properly considered during a construction project’s development so that the risk of harm to those who have to build, use and maintain structures is reduced.

    The CDM regulations require Clients, Designers, Principal Designers, Principal Contractors, and Contractors to carry out specific duties and ensures that these duty holders co-operate and communicate with each other and co-ordinate their work.

  • I have an OHSAS 18001 certificate - do I need Acclaim Accreditation?

    If your OHSAS 18001 was awarded by a certification body that is a member of SSIP then no, just upload a copy of your certificate. Getting your OHSAS 18001 from a member of SSIP is a way of ensuring that the certification body has been accredited by UKAS.

  • What is a health & safety assessment?

    An assessment of a company’s health and safety policies and processes carried out by an SSIP member scheme on behalf of a client. The client may be a ‘Buyer’ such as a local authority or large contractor, or a ‘supplier’ like you. Most contractors obtain SSIP accreditation because they are asked to by buyers as a condition of working for them.

  • What is Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP)?

    SSIP is not an assessment scheme, it is a membership or umbrella body for assessment schemes with the common aim of reducing both duplication and costs for both buyers and suppliers. Suppliers do not join or become members of SSIP. It is the assessment schemes who are registered members of SSIP.

    SSIP actively promotes the reduction in health and safety assessment costs and bureaucracy in the supply chain, by making cross-recognition between member schemes as effective as possible, and highlighting the savings to buyers and suppliers. All SSIP member schemes have fully committed to the vision of driving unnecessary cost and confusion out of supplier health and safety assessment, and SSIP’s core philosophy is to enable effective cross-recognition between existing schemes.


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