MF/3 Rev 1 (2001)
MF/3 Rev 1 (2001)

The following Construction guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • MF/3 Rev 1 (2001)
  • Comparison to MF/1
  • The MF/3 contract in outline
  • Payment and variations
  • Delivery, extensions and delay
  • Limitations of liability
  • Disputes

'MF/3' is one of the suite of Model Forms published on behalf of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. It is for use in connection with home (ie UK, not overseas) contracts for the supply only of electrical and mechanical goods, without erection (its full title is MF/3 (rev 1) Model Forms of General Conditions of Contract for the Supply of Electrical and Mechanical Goods (Home without Erection)). The main conditions have not been updated since 2001.

As MF/3 is a supply only contract for goods, it is unlikely to be a 'construction contract' under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (HGCRA 1996). The conditions of MF/3 does therefore not reflect the statutory requirements in relation to payment terms, nor does it provide for the adjudication of disputes.

Comparison to MF/1

MF/1 is the related design and build contract. See Practice Note: MF/1 Rev 6 (2014) for more on the differences between engineering and construction standard forms. The main differences between MF/1 and MF/3 are that, under MF/3:

  1. there is only one set of tests which the vendor carries out and certifies—MF/3 contains no tests on delivery or performance tests

  2. the vendor is supplying goods and not, as under MF/1, constructing works or structures

  3. the vendor’s main obligations end on delivery, not