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NQMS for Land Contamination Management

NQMS Number of Declarations & SQPs June 2017 to March 2024

The  National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Contamination Management (NQMS) is a scheme that has been developed by the National Brownfield Forum (formerly known as Land Forum) to provide visible identification of documents that have been checked for quality by a Suitably Qualified and experienced Person (SQP).  It provides increased confidence and improved quality of submissions made under regulatory regimes, particularly planning applications, related to previously used land.

The National Brownfield Forum has facilitated the development of this nationally recognised system for ensuring a satisfactory standard of work that, through endorsement by the Forum and through joint ownership by National Brownfield Forum members, can be considered to have support and acceptance across the community.

The initiative is supported in principle by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and a positive response has also been received from individual devolved administrations.

NQMS Roadmap

Framework of Scheme

Overview of NQMS Scheme
Brief introduction to NQMS scheme
What is a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP)?

The NQMS Process

The NQMS Declaration Process

Make and pay for a Declaration

Edit Declarations

SQP Register Brownfields Skills Framework Water & Land Library (WALL)

Useful Information & Links 

Frequently Asked Questions

SQP Training Provider - SiLC

Accredited Risk Assessor Training Provider - SoBRA

Feedback and Complaints Procedure

Scheme Audit

Map of Local Authorities referencing the NQMS

To navigate through the NQMS web pages, please hover over the relevant section that you require on the road map and short cuts will direct you to the relevant page, alternatively navigate using the articles index on the right.