In case you have missed the annoucement according to a press release on CL:AIRE’s website that the National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Contamination Management (NQMS), which has received support from both DCLG and DEFRA, is to be launched on 9th January 2017. For the complete press release please click here.
In reponse to a follow-up query on JISCmail about who would be able to act as a SQP ( a suitably qualified and experienced person) when the new scheme was launched, Nicola Harris of CL:AIRE, confirmed that “The SILC conversion course will be ready imminently, SiLC will be notifying people very shortly. In addition the latest people who sat the 2016b SiLC/SQP exam would automatically qualify without a conversion course as they will have been examined already on the NQMS. Results of this latest round will be available early January 2017.”
Meanwhile the first round of applications for becoming a Fully Accredited Member of Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA) has closed, although the Register of SOBRA Risk Assessors on their website is yet to be populated with any names of successful first round applicants. It was anticipated that those who become a Fully Accredited Member of SoBRA would be able to support a SQP under the Land Forum’s proposed National Quality Mark Scheme, by undertaking or reviewing both GQRAs (Generic Quantitative Risk Assessments) and DQRAs (Detailed Quantitative Risk Assessments). According to their website the next SoBRA accreditaion application window will open early 2017.