We have set out below links to useful internet resources relating to procurement law. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external sites. We welcome suggestions of additional sites to add to the list.
> The Public Procurement (Amendments, Repeals and Revocations) Regulations 2016
These regulations come into force on 18 April 2016 and make amendments to several pieces of legislation, including the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (see below).
> Public Contracts Regulations 2015
These Regulations came into force on 26 February 2015 (bar a few exceptions) and implement in the UK the new Directive on Public Procurement (see below). From 18 April 2016 these regulations were amended by The Public Procurement (Amendments, Repeals and Revocations) Regulations 2016 (see above) - the link immediately above is to the latest (consolidated) version which includes the amendments.
> Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016
These Regulations replace the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 and are in force from 18 April 2016 in relation to procurements commenced on or after that date.
> Concession Contracts Regulations 2016
These Regulations are in force from 18 April 2016 in relation to procurements commenced on or after that date.
> New Directives on Public Procurement, Utilities Procurement and Concession Contracts
Links to these three Directives, implemented by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 and the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 (see above).
> Directive 2004/18/EC
The "old" procurement Directive, also known as the Classic Directive (replaced from 17 April 2014 by the new Directive 2014/24/EU on Public Procurement, see above for link)
> The Public Contracts Regulations 2006
The legislation implementing Directive 2004/18 in England and Wales (replaced on 26 February 2015 by The Public Contracts Regulations 2015; see above). Procurements "commenced" prior to 26 February 2015 will still be regulated by the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.
> Directive 2004/17/EC
The "old" Utilities Directive, governing procurement in the utilities sector (replaced from 17 April 2014 by the new Directive 2014/25/EU on utilities procurement, see above for link)
> The Utilities Regulations 2006
The legislation implementing the "old" Utilities Directive in England and Wales (to be replaced by the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 from 18 April 2016)
> Directive 2007/66/EC, Directive 89/665/EEC and Directive 92/13/EEC
The Remedies Directive (which amended Directive 89/665/EEC (public contracts) and Directive 92/13/EEC (utilities procurement)
> The Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009
The legislation implementing the Remedies Directive in relation to public contracts
> The Utilities Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009
The legislation implementing the Remedies Directive in relation to utilities contracts
> The Public Procurement (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011
The legislation introducing new time limits for procurement challenges, following the Uniplex case
> The National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) Regulations 2013
The legislation introducing the obligation for NHS bodies to consider opening contracts for clinical health services to competition. Implements the duties set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
> Cabinet Office Guidance on the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 and the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016
This is the anchor page where the Cabinet Office is posting all its guidance and resources on these three sets of regulations
> Cabinet Office Public Procurement Policy Notes
The Cabinet Office's guidance on public procurement policy
> OGC guidance on the public procurement regime (via National Archives)
Includes guidance on the Remedies Directive, Framework Agreements and the Competitive Dialogue Procedure
> OGC procurement policy and standards framework
OGC's guidance on procurement (via National Archives)
> OGC model ICT contracts
OGC model contract documents (via National Archives)
> Procurement thresholds
EU procurement thresholds (from 1 January 2016)
OJEU notice tools
EU tool including official forms and online OJEU notice submission
> Tenders Direct
Provides search facility for OJEU notices
> Contracts Finder
The Contracts Finder portal for advertising tendering opportunities and publishing tender documentation and contracts (in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015)
Crown Commercial Service
CCS Model Services Contract
This Model Services Contract is intended to replace earlier model contracts issued by the (now defunct) Office of Government Commerce.
> Model terms for purchase of goods and services
Available from the Department of Health together with guidance notes. The former NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency standard NHS terms (e.g. MSCON, SYSCON, SIMCON, FMCON) are no longer maintained and are not available online.
> NHS Standard Contract for Clinical Services
Available from the Department of Health.
> OGC ICT model agreement
Note that this is no longer maintained but continues to be available online through National Archives
> Procurement Lawyers' Association
UK based association which discusses the law underpinning procurement, prepares papers on current issues and provides input to government consultations
> Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
Promotes good procurement practice and offers training courses
> NHS Supply Chain
Provides procurement and supply chain services to NHS bodies