The Norwegian scheme for quality assurance of major public investments (the QA scheme)

The Norwegian scheme for quality assurance of major public investments (the QA scheme)

 

The QA scheme comprises two extensive appraisal studies followed by external QA reviews in an investment project’s planning process:

  • QA1 – Quality assurance of choice of concept before Cabinet decision to start a pre-project
  • QA2 – Quality assurance of the management base and cost estimates before the project is submitted to Parliament for approval and funding.

 

Phases in the QA-scheme

 

The Ministry of Finance has entered into a framework agreement with seven consortia of external advisors to perform the QA. The agreement specifies the content and scope of the quality assurance. The current agreement (in force from September 2019) is primarily a continuation of the former agreement, from 2010, with only minor changes.