3PQ - Business Continuity Third Party Questionnaire - Project Page
- Q. What is 3PQ?
- Simply a consistent Third Party Questionnaire that can be used freely by Business Continuity Professionals to help manage Supply Chain BCM Capability.
The 3PQ project was formed through the efforts of a number of experienced BCM professionals following a discussion in August 2011 held by the Business Continuity Group BANG!
The 3PQ Supply Chain Questionnaire Master Document will be hosted by the Continuity Forum and will be available for download from this page.
More on the 3PQ Project
The BANG! group is made up of a diverse group of people working in the BC fields across the public and private sectors. There is an online BANG! LinkedIn Group and many of the members meet up regularly to socialise and share ideas or exchange insights that are of mutual interest.
A regular feature of BANG! meetings are short, often provocative, presentations on issues, problems or even frustrations that arise from the working in the Business Continuity field.
At one of these presentations Gayle Hedgecock, a highly experienced BCM professonal working in the financial sector, and Steve Yates, Head of Business Continuity & Crisis Management for the Olympic Delivery Authority spoke on a common industry frustration, namely the amount of time spent getting (and providing) information on BCM that needed to be shared between organisations.
Gayle and Steve struck a chord, and the idea was formed to create a consensus based Third Party Questionnaire that fitted most of the common needs of organisations and that could be easily adapted to address any specific requirements that may be required. Steve Yates, current Chairman of the BANG! Group seized the initiative and asked Gayle to led a volunteer group to develop a suitable document.
The 3PQ committee group was formed with Gayle Hedecock as Chair and our own Sara McKenna as deputy. An impressive team was quickly assembled to contribute to the project, with the aim of creating a simple and consistent set of parameters that would enable Continuity Professionals to quickly gauge the capabilities of their suppliers and partners, whilst not creating a mountain of work for organisations.
The resulting 3PQ Questionnaire is being made available, free, to anyone that wishes to use it. The Master Document hosted on this site will be updated by the project group from time to time based on the feedback recieved and how it is working for you.
You can edit the document putting in your own organisations details, logos etc and add any questions that maybe be specific to your needs. We have provided the document in both original MS word format and a PDF version.
If you have any suggestions, additions you'd like to make or comments please do let us know. We'd be happy to extend the reach of the 3PQ project into other languages or add specific additional questions that may be relevant to your sector or region. Please do get in touch if you would like to contribute and we'll look at adding your versions to the project page.
If you are unable to download the 3PQ documents due to Firewall or download restrictions you can mail us at 3PQ@continuityforum.org to receive them by email.
To the extent possible under law, the authors have waived all copyright and related or neighbouring rights to this questionnaire.
More information on this (further legal information) can be found on the following site: http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
The Continuity Forum is pleased to have been able to contribute to this project, but is not responsible for any liability arising whatsoever from the use of the 3PQ documents.