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Overview of NQMS Scheme

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

 - updated August 2022

 This document provides details on the following:

  • An overview and the objectives of the NQMS
  • How the NQMS operates
  • The role and eligibility criteria of the SQP
  • Declaration Process
  • Auditing

Environment Agency Position Statement and letter of support from Chief Executive

The Environment Agency's Position Statement on the NQMS can be downloaded below:

Position statement J9: National Quality Mark Scheme for land contamination management in The Environment Agency’s approach to groundwater protection (GP3)

Letter of Support from Environment Agency Chief Executive can be downloaded below:


NQMS Press Release announcing launch of scheme

The NQMS will be launched on the 9th January 2017.  To read the full press release follow the link: Press Release

Letter inviting Local Planning Authorities to participate with the NQMS

The letter can be downloaded below:

NQMS Progress Bulletin - May 2019

NQMS Myth Busters Bulletin - Nov 2022

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