From the 18th of April 2017, all Central Purchasing Bodies (CPB) will only be permitted to accept electronic submissions to procurement exercises. By September 2018 this requirement will be extended to all public contracting authorities. Whichever type of buying organisation you are, you’ll need to be aware of what this means.
What is a CPB?
This is defined as a contracting authority that acquires goods or services intended for one or more contracting authorities (“buyers”). Examples of CPBs include The Crown Commercial Service, The Scottish Government and APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) as they procure on behalf of multiple contracting authorities.
What counts as an electronic submission?
Regulation 22 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 tell us what we need to know. The main thing to clarify is this – e-mails do not count as electronic submission. Electronic submissions must use a tool where the exact time and date of submission is provided. In addition to this, only authorised persons can access the data and therefore no one has access to the data transmitted prior to the deadline. Electronic submissions must also include a tool to clearly detect infringement or any attempt of infringement of the access prohibitions.
There are a number of benefits to electronic submissions for both the buyer and the supplier:
- Everything is automatically time-stamped and fully auditable
- Reduced costs
- Reduced impact on the environment
- Quicker and more streamlined process on both sides of the procurement
So what does this mean for buyers?
Moving on to an e-procurement portal would benefit all buyers as it allows them to run procurement processes in compliance with the EU Directive and UK Regulations on Public Procurement by:
- Attaching documents to their tenders
- Allow the submission of tender documents
- Allow one-to-one interaction with the suppliers
Want to find out more?
If you are a contracting authority, myTenders PRO is the ‘go to’ e-procurement portal for publishing contract notices. Our portal can facilitate electronic submissions to make sure you are compliant with these new regulations, and those that will come into place for all buyers in the future.
Call us on 0844 561 0670 or visit our website to find out more.