Key Changes to Public Sector Procurement Rules
By Judith Bohren on October 7, 2011
Revised EU public procurement regulations came into effect on the 1st October 2011, yet I wonder how many of you responsible for procurement within your organisation are aware of these changes? And if you have had visibility of these changes, then the official documentation is not entirely clear.
These changes apply to all the public sector, utility sector and recent defence and security public contracts. It is important to be aware of them to avoid potential vendor challenges to your tendering process; if not, you may already be in breach of the regulations for any new procurements you are in the process of undertaking.
These updated regulations:
- Impact all major procurements
- Impact the grounds upon which a vendor’s bid can be rejected
- Impact the standstill periods that apply
- Set new time limits for vendors that want to challenge your procurement process.
Best Practice Group has a Guide to the Key Changes to Public Procurement Regulations which you can download. It’s completely free and should help ensure your organisation remains compliant.
Having seen first hand the misery inflicted on people and their organisations by under performing IT system and outsourced services, it is imperative that having fought your way through the myriad procurement rules and actually selected a vendor, that a positive working relationship with your service provider starts at the outset of your new business system/outsourcing project. Having clearly aligned contractual roles and obligations helps safeguard against misunderstandings over expectations, prevent unexpected costs from arising, ensure good service delivery and that your project is implemented on time and to budget.
Free Guide Download
Click here to download a straightforward (no legal jargon) guide to the Key Changes to Public Procurement Rules.