FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Red Book 2017
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  • FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Red Book 2017
  • For what type of project is the Red Book suitable?
  • The structure of the contract
  • Key features of the General Conditions
  • The Engineer
  • Measurement and Valuation
  • Variations and Adjustment
  • Payment and Price
  • Time
  • Suspension and Termination
  • More...

FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Red Book 2017

In December 2017, FIDIC launched the second editions of the Red, Yellow and Silver Book. This Practice Note is an introduction to the FIDIC Red Book 2017 (the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Construction 2017).

For information about the FIDIC Red Book 1999, see Practice Note: FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Red Book 1999. See also Practice Notes: FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Yellow Book 2017 and FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Silver Book 2017.

Note that errata to the second edition of the FIDIC Red Book 2017 were published in December 2018 (see News Analysis: Errata to FIDIC 2017 contracts published) and additional errata were published in June 2019 with respect to formatting issues in Clauses 15 and 16. The contractual status of the errata is not specified.

For what type of project is the Red Book suitable?

The FIDIC Red Book 2017 is primarily intended for building and engineering works where the Employer bears the design responsibility. The FIDIC Red Book 2017 is not suitable for use where the Contractor is carrying out the design; in this case, the FIDIC Yellow or Silver Book 2017 should be used instead. The Introduction to the Particular Conditions Part B—Special Provisions states: ‘These Conditions allow for the possibility that the Contractor may be required to design a small proportion or minor element of the Permanent Works,

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