Last edited 30 Sep 2020

Black book

The QS and construction standards, otherwise known as the ‘Black Book’, is a suite of guidance published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It sets the technical standards for quantity surveying that RICS members should adopt. An understanding of these standards is necessary for the assessment of professional competence (APC) required to become a chartered surveyor.

Developed by the RICS in consultation with clients, consultants and contractors, the latest version was launched in 2012 alongside the accompanying New Rules of Measurement (NRM).

The Black Book is not published as a single volume, but is a rolling programme of standalone publications that may ultimately include up to 50 guidance notes. Described by the RICS as one of the most significant launches in the 30 years, together they provide a suite of tools that will help the construction industry work more collaboratively and consistently.

It includes guidance on processes such as:

At its launch, the then chief construction adviser Paul Morrell said, ‘The launch of the RICSBlack Book” of practice standards is a timely contribution … and coupled with the NRM they will help to equip the profession with the means to maintain a high quality of service and advice to its clients through this time of transformation.’

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