The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced a competition to run a new gas installer registration scheme.
This means that current incumbent CORGI will face competition for the first time.
The National Association for Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) and the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) have expressed interest in applying for the scheme.
H&V News also understands that three other bodies are considering an application.
The winner will be appointed to run the new scheme for five years, with oversight remaining with the HSE.
The winner of the tender will be tasked with reforming ACS, raising public awareness of gas safety, and tackling illegal installers.
The competition involves a two-stage process. The competition deadline for the pre-qualification stage is September 3 2007.
The successful candidate will be announced in early 2008 with the new scheme in place before the end of July 2008.
An independent chairman has been appointed to lead the panel that will evaluate both stages of bids.
The criteria bids will be judged against can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/sellingtohse/contracts/gasinstaller/index.htm