The terms of the Client/Consultant Model Services Agreement (the ?White Book?) have been prepared by the Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs-Conseils (FIDIC) and are recommended for general use for the purposes of pre-investment and feasibility studies, designs and administration of construction and project management, both for Employer-led design teams, and for Contractor-led design teams under Design and Build procurement, where proposals for such services are invited on an international basis. They are equally adaptable for domestic agreements.
The version in English is considered by FIDIC as the official and authentic text for the purpose of translation. In their preparation it was recognised that while there are numerous clauses which will be generally applicable there are some provisions which must necessarily vary to take account of the circumstances and locality in which the Services are to be performed. The clauses of general application have been grouped together in this document and are referred to as General Conditions. They are intended for incorporation as printed in the documents comprising the Agreement. The General Conditions are linked with the Particular Conditions by the corresponding numbering of the clauses, so that General Conditions and Particular Conditions together comprise the conditions governing the rights and obligations of the parties.