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‘Quality Assurance’ - benefits for the consultant? Robert De’Ath, of Forest Row, Sussex, has raised afresh the question of to what extent the formal pursuit of ‘QA ’ is capable of bringing tangible advantages to consulting civil and structural engineers: As the partner responsible for making the ‘QA’ preparations for our practice, I would welcome all the constructive advice fellow members are able to offer. So far I have familiarised myself with the general principles of what ‘QA’ involves, and my first impression is that it involves formal systems and records covering those usual activities which have always been part and parcel of my working life, in whatever practice or design office I have been working. Therefore, I am searching to discover what are the real benefits to ourselves, for embarking on ‘QA’, and what are the real benefits to our clients? I am reliably informed ‘QA’ saves contractors’ money. Does it do the same for consultants? Verulam