CDM Regulations are changing

1st April 2015

The Health and Safety Executive has published a draft of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 which come into effect on 6 April 2015. 

The new regulations will:

  • Have a simplified structure
  • Strengthen and broaden clients’ obligations
  • Broaden in scope to include domestic clients
  • Remove the CDM Coordinator role and introduce the Principal Designer role
  • Remove the F10 notification as a trigger point for additional duties
  • Remove the term “competent” or “competency” which is replaced with “skills, knowledge, experience and training” as well as “organisational capability”

The “Approved Code of Practice” for CDM has also been removed, however a revision of this is expected to be re-introduced within 12 to 18 months.

What does this mean for clients?

This strengthens and broadens a client’s responsibility and encourages an active role in leading construction projects, however the regulations do recognise experience, skills, knowledge and training will differ. 

Clients will organise how the project is managed, ensuring that these arrangements are maintained throughout its duration. Duties include: appointment of other duty holders and ensuring that there is sufficient time and resources allocated to ensure health and safety of those involved.

Responsibilities also include the appointment of the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor, and ensuring that these specialists comply with their duties as set out within the regulations. The regulations have removed the term “competency” and replaced this with skills, knowledge experience and training”.  As such, clients can use membership of Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP Forum) along with tools such as questionnaires to make an informed selection.

Existing projects can progress under the CDM Regulations 2007 for a period of six months to the 6 October 2015.  Thereafter, all projects must convert and be completed under the CDM Regulations 2015.


There will ultimately be an impact on clients with the removal of the CDM-C role, however we can assist with projects and the appointments of both Principal Designers and Principal Contractors.

Further Information:  

The draft regulation and advisory notes can be found at the HSE and CTB websites. 

For more information on CDM Regulations contact David Lindsay.

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