The purpose of the Merlin Standard is to help organisations create better supply chains. The standard encourages the development, recognition, and promotion of excellence and positive partnerships.

The Vision

The vision for the Standard is to ensure that it is established as an exemplar of best practice supply chain management across public, private and third sectors in the UK and Internationally.

The Purpose

The purpose of the Merlin Standard is to support the development, recognition, and promotion of sustainable excellence, and positive partnership working within supply chains. 

The 8 Principles:

  1. Design,
  2. Procure,
  3. Contract,
  4. Funding,
  5. Develop,
  6. Performance Manage,
  7. Quality Assurance & Compliance,
  8. Review & Close.

The Standard is generic by design and applicable to any organisation delivering on a contract through a supply chain.


Who provides the assessment?

Assessment Services Ltd provide the assessments and accreditation service for Prime Organisations wishing to achieve the Standard and be recognised for their excellence in supply chain management.

The Download section below provides all the information needed to start the Merlin journey.

If you have any questions, or you would like someone to contact you about the Merlin Standard and/or the assessment process, please email

Assessment Services has a team of over 15 quality assured Assessors including a team of three Lead Assessors who support Prime Organisations to understand the requirements of the Merlin Standard.

Useful Links for Supply Chain Partners

Useful links for Primes