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Suppliers wishing to challenge have only a short time frame in which to act. Click here for our useful guide.

Which Regulations do you need?

To get up to speed with the various new procurement law regulations, please click below;

> Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 

> Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016

> Public Contracts Regulations 2015 

If you're not sure which regulations apply, click here.

Which Regulations apply?

The Concession Contracts Regulations 2016

These regulations apply to the award of works and services concession contracts between a contracting authority / utility and a concessionaire, where the value of the concession exceeds the relevant threshold. Their parent EU Directive is the EU Concessions Directive 2014/23 and the regulations apply to all in-scope concessions procurements that are commenced on or after 18 April 2016.

The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016

These regulations replace the 2006 regulations of the same name and are the equivalent of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in the utilities sector. They regulate the procurement of contracts between a contracting authority or a utility, where the contract relates to the carrying out of a “relevant activity” (as defined), and will apply to any utilities procurement that is commenced on or after 18 April 2016. Their parent EU Directive is the EU Utilities Directive 2014/25.

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015

These regulations govern the advertisement of, competition for and award of award of works, services and supplies contracts between a contracting authority and a supplier, where the value of the contract is over the relevant threshold. They implement (except in Scotland) the EU Public Contracts Directive 2014/24 and replace the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 for all procurement processes commenced on or after 26 February 2015.

The Public Contracts Regulations 2006

Now replaced by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (see above), these regulations had similar scope and application and regulated over-threshold procurements where the procurement process was commenced prior to 26 February 2015.

The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006

Now replaced by the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 (see above), these regulations continue to govern in-scope utilities procurements that were commenced before 18 April 2016.

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New public procurement e-learning tools

We have teamed up with BuiltIntelligence* to develop an e-learning tool and procurement webinar. 

> Procurement e-learning: Remedies Directive
Designed to help you recognise key risk areas in the procurement life-cycle.

> New Public Contracts Regulations 2015 webinar
Are you struggling to get a handle on the Public Contracts Regulations 2015? If so, procurement experts Greg Gibson and Helen Prandy will guide you through the key changes in the new Regulations and provide practical answers to some of the tricky issues raised. The webinar is priced at £49 + VAT.

* Mills & Reeve LLP receives a share of the course fees from BuiltIntelligence to reflect our contribution to the course content.