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Public Contracts Regulations 2015

Monday February 9th, 2015

PASS is running training events on The Impact of the new UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015. You cannot afford to be caught out, book your training HERE now!

 

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You say you want a revolution
Well, you know – We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know – We all want to change the world

                        (Revolution – The Beatles)

 

They’re here, after all this time – thePublic Contracts Regulations 2015 have arrived, and so the fun begins.

Buyers (and suppliers) have a limited timeframe to digest, understand and implement the new regulations.

Central government has until the end of February 2015 to enact the necessary changes to their procurement processes and strategies, while the rest of the public sector gets an extra month.

Eddie Regan

Eddie Regan

Suppliers will be playing catch-up, to an extent, as they will be responding to PQQs and ITTs in the coming weeks and months and this means they too will need to understand what the new requirements will require of them.

Everything’s changing – the procedures and timescales, the OJEU proformas, advertising timescales, selection and award criteria – the list is endless.

I read a blog recently that alluded to minor changes – not unsurprisingly, it was written by a legal firm. Wonder why that was!

There are a number of quick fixes available to procurers, such as the ability to use the current proformas until the new ones are available, but many other areas will need careful consideration, including issues like the modification of contracts and conflict of interest caused by the prior involvement of candidates.

The structured removal of Part B services will also be required by many contracting authorities, and while they have until April 2016, the clock is ticking down already.

Pre-Qualification Questionnaires, Specifications, Terms and Conditions, Scoring Methodologies, Pricing Schedules, Procurement Strategies – there really isn’t an area of procurement that is unaffected.

Everyone, and I mean buyer and supplier alike, is now on a learning curve to understand the new regulations and their implications.

It may not be a revolution, but it’s a major transformation for everyone in procurement.

Words: Eddie Regan  (Senior PASS Consultant) (@Eddie_Regan)

 

PASS also runs additional procurement training events for the public and private sector, including Drafting a Compliant PQQ, Writing a Tender SpecificationPre-Qualifying for Tenders and Preparing Perfect Tenders.  To view the brand new schedule of events, click HERE

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