PAS 91 - Get certified with Smas Worksafe

Enrol as a Smas Worksafe member today and certify against PAS 91 standards – a single set of prequalification modules that demonstrates your commitment to compliance.

We’re committed to making Health & Safety easier for businesses just like yours. PAS 91 offers agility and flexibility for suppliers to use other accreditations to pass certain modules within PAS 91.

Here at Smas Worksafe, we pride ourselves on supporting businesses with knowledge and expertise to enhance workplace safety management for our members. By partnering with us, you can gain accreditation to the SSIP Core Criteria. If you have an SSIP certificate with Smas Worksafe, you’ll be able to use this to fill out the Health & Safety module within the PAS 91 criteria.

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The PAS 91 Standard explained

PAS 91 stands for Publicly Available Specification for Pre-qualification Questionnaires. Managing compliance across supply chains can be difficult, but with PAS 91, the process is made much easier.

These questionnaires are split into modules and help clients to manage compliance across multiple supply chains. It provides a standard set of questions across a range of risk management areas to determine the suitability of contractors for projects.

By partnering with Smas, you can gain accreditation to the SSIP Core Criteria, fully aligned with Module C4: Health & Safety of PAS 91 and Section 4: Health & Safety of the Build UK Common Assessment Standard (CAS).

Even with the introduction of CAS for public sector contracts, PAS 91 remains essential, especially in construction. While CAS aims to standardise the prequalification process across sectors, PAS 91 offers specific advantages tailored to construction procurement. It provides contractors with a less daunting, less time-consuming, and more accessible option to demonstrate their compliance. If you’re thinking about becoming CAS accredited further down the line, PAS 91 offers a friendly pathway to get you there, making sure you have a smooth transition when the time comes.

What can PAS 91 offer once completed?

Use PAS 91 to your advantage and tailor each module to suit your project requirements and gain the following benefits once your certification is sealed:

  • A clearer understanding of what contractors require at pre-qualification
  • Eradicates duplication of modules during the contract application process
  • Consistency across pre-qualification questionnaires and databases
  • Apply for various projects without needing multiple assessments
  • Save time and money with a streamlined process

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Reap the rewards of PAS 91

Completing the PAS 91 brings great benefits for both clients and contractors:

Client Benefits

  • Identify suitably qualified contractors more easily
  • Meet the government’s common minimum standards for construction procurement
  • Achieve more sustainable procurement
  • Get back more time to focus on the project-specific areas of the pre-qualification process
  • Encourages more contractors (particularly SMEs) to apply for work with a simpler tendering process

Contractor Benefits

  • No duplication – simply “copy and paste” your information for a variety of PQQ modules.
  • PAS 91 standards recognise other industry-recognised accreditations such as SSIP, which can save you time by offering exemptions from certain modules
  • Demonstrate you meet the required standards for a contract – then you can compete for more tenders and start winning more work
  • A more timely and cost-effective process for answering pre-qualifying questionnaires.

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Why was PAS 91 introduced?

PAS 91 was introduced by the British Standards Institute (BSI) to save time and costs associated with PQQs. PAS 91 prevents duplication, removing the need to complete different questionnaires for different clients and contracts. This helps contractors apply for more work through a simplified tender process.

What benefits has PAS 91 provided?

By delivering a standardised format, PAS 91 has been able to:

  • Help contractors understand what is required from them at the pre-qualification stage
  • Bring consistency across various pre-qualification questionnaires and databases
  • Help clients identify suitably qualified contractors

Is PAS 91 mandatory?

Although PAS 91 is one of the government’s common minimum standards for construction procurement, it isn’t mandatory. However, it is recommended for use by all main contractors as having a standard industry-wide question set streamlines the procurement process – bringing benefits to both suppliers and buyers to help your business grow.

What are the different PAS 91 modules?

PAS 91 allows suppliers to use other accreditations to pass certain modules within PAS 91 which includes the following:


  • C1 Supplier Identity
  • C2 Financial information
  • C3 Business & Professional Standing
  • C4 Health & Safety (SSIP)
  • O1 Equal Opportunity & Diversity
  • O2 Environmental Management
  • O3 Quality Management
  • O4 Building Information Modelling (BIM)

How can SMAS Worksafe help you achieve PAS 91 standards?

Our Worksafe Package is aligned with the PAS 91 framework. This means that if you take out our package, you can be confident that your business is eligible to bid on work that uses the PAS 91 framework.

Our online application process is simple to complete. We only ask questions that are relevant to your business size and activities, and we are always on hand to assist by telephone should you need some friendly advice. Reach out today and speak to one of our experts.

Can PAS 91 accreditation provide competitive gains in the market?

Certifying with PAS 91 opens up a whole new world of opportunities for your business. Showcase compliance with modules and start instilling confidence in potential clients. It can enhance your competitiveness during tenders to give you that all-important edge. Once the PAS 91 modules have been completed, a contractor can use them to apply for a variety of projects and there is no need for multiple assessments, saving them both time and money.

How can I streamline the PAS 91 compliance process for my business?

Once completed, PAS 91 can be used for various projects. Each module can be tailored to a specific project, allowing contractors to focus on project-specific requirements in later stages of the tender process, knowing their pre-qualification requirements are met. An example of this would be in the construction industry, projects that are required to carry out duties under the CDM 2015 can use PAS 91 modules to demonstrate and ensure compliance with specific regulations.

We’re on hand to help you

If you want to find out more about how we can help you meet PAS 91 standards, head to our PQQ page or call our team on 01752 280183 and we’ll be happy to help.

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