My view is that such a step is long overdue.

We are sick and tired of QS practices deliberately undervaluing works and avoiding the valuation of variations then justifying themselves with ridiculous arguments.

The contractor is in an extremely difficult position in trying to maintain relations with these practices for the good of the project and its long-term workload . Raising a complaint to the practice has a negative effect on the relationship and in any case, nothing is done. Presumably this is the kind of behaviour that will be dealt with by the initiative and improve the name of the RICS.

Mike Chaplin, contractor’s quantity surveyor