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If you have a question about our services, please see below for our frequently asked questions. If your question is still unanswered, do get in touch via our contact form.

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

    Constructionline Silver membership does not include Acclaim Accreditation or any SSIP. You can, however, add an SSIP to your membership (either Acclaim or otherwise). If you are a Gold member, Acclaim Accreditation (or a ‘Deem to Satisfy’) certificate is required. If you are a Platinum member, Acclaim Accreditation is included. We will always accept any certificate from an SSIP scheme member.

    Furthermore, you do not need to have a Constructionline membership to get Acclaim Accreditation; it can be purchased separately here.

  • 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?

    Just like Constructionline fees, costs are based on your turnover, making them affordable for smaller companies as well as larger ones. To find out how much Acclaim Accreditation would cost you, click here.

  • 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, who’s 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 Supplier Assessment Services and is open to all industries. Constructionline Gold membership includes Acclaim Accreditation or a ‘Deem to Satisfy’ certificate for an alternative valid SSIP certificate. Constructionline Platinum membership includes Acclaim Accreditation as standard.

  • 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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