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New EU Directive – Supplier Support

Friday January 17th, 2014

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the European Parliament has finally passed the three new procurement-related Directives.

Albeit around twelve months later than we all anticipated, but better late than never, as they say.

Eddie Regan

Eddie Regan

So it’s real now, and for suppliers a lot of learning, in a relatively short timeframe, is going to be necessary.

There will be new and changed procedures, new timescales for pre-qualification and tender exercises, a change to how Prior Information Notices can be used, new selection and exclusion criteria, new award criteria… the list is extensive.

Along the way, some of you will be saying bye-bye to ‘Part B Services’ and hello to ‘Social and Other Specific Services’, and it isn’t a straight swap.

In terms of pricing tenders, one of the new initiatives may see you having to identify costs rather than just price.

If the rumours are true, the expectation is that the Public Procurement Directive will become UK Regulations by the autumn of this year.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has already said “we will seek to transpose these rules into UK law quickly”, while the Cabinet Office have confirmed that they are “preparing ambitious plans for early transposition, so that the UK can take advantage of the additional flexibilities in the new rules as soon as possible”.

So if you haven’t taken this seriously so far, you better start doing so quickly.


Eddie Regan [Senior PASS (Procurement Advice Support Service) Consultant)



Gov Opps training partner, PASS (Procurement Advice Support Service) is running a series of training events on the New EU Procurement Directive throughout 2014. For more information, details of dates near you, and to book your place at this important procurement training event, please visit HERE.

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