Steers to success: the joint IMechE/IET Model Forms of General Conditions of Contract.
Jointly with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The IET issues a range of model forms of general conditions of contract and some separate guides (known as ‘commentaries’) to their use.
These are model forms of contract for electrical and mechanical work and consultancy. The contents of these publications are decided by a joint committee of IET/IMechE members and others representing the various interests of the electrical and mechanical engineering industries.
There are four primary publications in the series with associated commentaries. MF/1, MF/2 and MF/4 cover home and overseas contracts; MF/3 is for home contracts only.
“Home” contracts include those under the laws of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
MF/1 has been revised for the first time since 2010.
Containing clear, simple language designed specifically for engineering projects, Revision 6 contains general conditions that have been adapted over many years to provide assurance for both parties involved with a contract.
This Commentary gives users practical help and guidance on the clauses of the MF/1 Revision 5 conditions and the MF/1 Revision 5 contract documents and their interrelationship.
MF/2 is a key industry Model Form of General Conditions of Contract for use in connection with home or overseas contracts for the supply of electrical, electronic or mechanical plant. In addition to its ‘General Conditions’ it also includes sets of additional unique ‘Special Conditions’. This standard form of contract is recommended to be used by contracts officers in private and public sector organisations, mechanical and electrical engineers, facilities managers, lawyers and in-house legal representatives.
This Commentary gives users practical help and guidance on the clauses of the MF/2 Conditions and the MF/2 contract documents and their interrelationship.
MF/3 is a key industry Model Form of General Conditions of Contract to cover the main conditions for home contracts for the supply of electrical and mechanical goods –without erection. it is a lump sum contract intended for use where no initial design or subsequent installation or commissioning is required. This standard form of contract is recommended to be used by contracts officers in private and public sector organisations, mechanical and electrical engineers, facilities managers, lawyers and in-house legal representatives.
Note that there is no commentary associated with this model form of contract.
MF/4 is a key industry Model Form of Terms and Conditions of Engagement for use as home or overseas agreements for the provision of consultancy services by Engineering Consultants. MF/4 is available as a free PDF download.
The Commentary gives users practical help and guidance on the clauses of the MF/4 Conditions. MF/4 Model Form is contained within this Commentary.
It appears that there were no standard forms in use in the electrical/mechanical engineering field prior to those produced by the IEE at the turn of the 20th century. The creation of a model form for electrical works, in 1900-1903, was therefore a response to a real demand. Its appearance was greeted by a complaint that the IEE Council should have "several years earlier endeavoured to remove some of the real grievances shown to be affecting the stability and prosperity of the industry."
A pioneer member, Mr Robert Hammond (1850-1915) was the prime mover in the creation of the first model form.