Quality Fee Method (QFM) Framework

The Quality Fee Method (QFM) is a structured tender evaluation framework based on both fees and non-fees attributes to evaluate construction-related consultancy tenders. QFM adopts a range of weightages for evaluation of attributes and formalises the assessment of non-fees attributes into quantitative scores. The framework optimises value by enabling the tenderer with the highest combined QFM score (i.e. best offer) to be selected for award.

BCA has introduced the enhanced QFM framework which will apply to all public sector consultancy tenders where the Expression of Interest (EOI) is called on and after 1 March 2024. The key changes to the QFM framework are listed below:

  • Pilot new fee-score approach for all QFM tenders with estimated construction cost of project $50mil and below.
  • Enhance the framework for temporary suspension of poor performing firms from 1 April 2025.
  • Enhance differentiation in quality score.
  • Require more projects to be shortlisted by merit instead of through balloting.

Please refer to BCA Circular dated 18 January 2024 for more details on the enhancements.

Who is it for

The QFM applies to all public sector construction-related consultancy services tenders with Estimated Procurement Value (EPV) exceeding the Quotation limit called under the Public Sector Panels of Consultants (PSPC)

The QFM(AC) applies to all public sector procurement of Accredited Checking (AC) services through quotations and tenders approach.

How it works


The QFM framework accounts for both fee and non-fee attributes of tender proposals to determine the best value-for-money among all submitted proposals. The Buildable Design Score (BS) Index will be removed from 1 February 2023 to allow GPEs higher weightage in assessing Integrated Planning & Design (IPD) and Advanced Manufacturing & Assembly (AMA) related quality attributes under the Quality proposals. Depending on the project requirements such as complexity of the project and extent of inputs from tenderers, the evaluation of tenders can be designed based on a range of weightages as follows.


(With effect from 1 Jun 2022)




10%-30% correspondingly


Similarly, the QFM(AC) framework accounts for both fee and quality attributes.



Quality Score


Submission Quality Score



10-30%, correspondingly

Additional links

Quality Fee Method Framework

Briefing Slides

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