Intellect, the UK hi-tech industry suppliers’ association, has strengthened its code of best practice with the addition of a new compliance mechanism.
The code was initially launched last year in an effort to improve the success rate of public sector IT projects.
The new compliance mechanism, accompanied by revised guidelines, allows suppliers to demonstrate how they intend to implement the code and allows users to assess suppliers' behaviour against the code's 10 commitments.
John Higgins, Intellect director general, said, "Both government and industry have been criticised in the past for IT project failures. The development of this compliance mechanism is proof that we’ve not been sitting idly by.
"We are committed to maintaining the pace of reform, to improving the relationship between government and industry, and ensuring the implementation of public services based on value for money."
Higgins said, "Companies who adopt this code are confirming that they are committed to providing higher levels of service and project implementation. The new compliance mechanism is another step forward in reforming supplier and customer behaviour. It raises the bar and establishes new benchmarks."
Higgins said Intellect and the government were committed to "vigorously embedding" the new code across industry and government departments. Intellect will work closely with the e-government unit to ensure this takes place, he said.
Commenting on the new compliance mechanism, John Oughton, Office of Government Commerce (OGC) chief executive, said, "The public sector is a complex environment and delivering successfully is not easy.
"We welcome the new compliance mechanism, and are confident that it will have a positive impact on the delivery of ICT projects."