Regulation Day

At the beginning of this week we saw a number of regulations being transposed in the UK. These are as follows: Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 New regulations transposing the 2014 EU Public Procurement Directive were laid in the Scottish Parliament on 18th December 2015 and came in to force earlier this week, 18th April […]

An Update on Framework Agreements

What is a Framework Agreement? The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 came into force in February 2015 and defined a Framework Agreement under Regulation 33 as: “an agreement between one or more contracting authorities and one or more economic operators, the purpose of which is to establish the terms governing contracts to be awarded during a […]

The 2015 Regulations on the aggregation of contracts and the use of Lots

The aggregation of contracts refers to the grouping together of similar contracts. The requirement to aggregate contracts is not a new obligation however has been the subject of much confusion in the past. This blog post will aim to clarify when requirements are to be aggregated for the purpose of calculating the value of a […]

The 2015 Regulations on Electronic Submission of Tenders

As discussed in my previous blog post, the new 2015 Regulations have brought in new requirements surrounding the issuing of procurement documents electronically. In addition to this the new Regulations have also brought in incentives for contracting authorities to require electronic submission of tenders. Under the EU rules this will also need to be made […]

The 2015 Regulations on Electronic Documents

The new 2015 Regulations have brought in new requirements surrounding the issuing of procurement documents. This blog post will focus on these new requirements and the key points that both contracting authorities and suppliers should be aware of. What were the rules previously? Under the previous 2006 Public Contracts Regulations providing access to documents electronically […]

Remedies for NHS Procurement breaches and the role of Monitor

Breaches in procurement can be due to a number of reasons such as deliberate breaches and accidental breaches. It can be said that deliberate breaches are unlikely to occur as it can risk the reputation of the contracting organisation. Accidental breaches may arise where national regimes apply to numerous low value contracts and responsibilities are […]

Publication of OJEU notices at national level – the 48 hour publication rule

The rules on when an OJEU notice can be advertised nationally have changed. This blog post will aim to clarify the new rules and discuss the benefits and shortcomings of these new rules. What are the rules? Under the new legislation OJEU notices are now not to be published nationally until AFTER they have been […]

‘Part B Services’ verses ‘Light Touch Regime’

Under the new regulations ‘Part B services’ have been abolished and replaced with the new ‘light touch regime’. Below we cover what the new rules are, what has changed and whether this is a change for the better. Part B Services: What were the rules? Under the previous regulations all services were split into two […]