I am surprised to read that such lists are held by 'many Council SMR
organisations'. Lists of which I have knowledge state merely that the
contractors work in the area and have done similar work before. The
authority avoiding saying they are 'approved' lists - for the various legal
reasons which have been pointed out by other Britarch correspondents.
Unfortunately some potential clients seem to think the lists ARE 'approved'.
(Could they claim they had been misled?)
Specifications usually cite IFA codes of practice, but as has also been
pointed out at various times on Britarch (not least by myself!) unless the
work is closely monitored and checked one wonders - what's the point? Just
because someone knows what is right, and is capable of doing it, doesn't
mean they will.
From: David Connolly <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 24 January 2003 16:47
Subject: Approved Archaeological Contractors and Consultants
>Would love to hear comments about Approved Archaeological Contractors and
>Consultants Lists that are held by many Council SMR Organisations ... Some
>of these Organisations are stipulating Membership of the IFA as a pre
>requisite for inclusion ... Now ... I fully understand wher this is leading
>and in many ways agree that standards must be met .. The Code of Conduct