This workshop will put you ahead of the competition in understanding the new EU Procurement Directive of 2014, plus the additional requirements of the new UK Public Procurement Regulations from 2015.

The new EU Procurement Directive, enacted in 2014, has redesigned the whole landscape of public procurement, for all 28 EU Member States. The UK Government plans to pass the new Public Contract Regulations in 2015, and these will not only implement the EU changes, but will also bring in extra, all-new, procurement requirements, that must be applied by every UK public sector organisation. Whilst these rules are intended to open up markets to free and fair competition, and to support and reinforce the drive for better value for money in public procurement, they also impose very many specific process requirements onto public sector buyers and public sector organisations; and they introduce very specific expectations on companies that sell to the public sector. Any failure to apply the processes comprehensively and accurately can jeopardise the whole deal, and leave all parties open to legal challenge and investigation: an expensive and reputation-damaging experience.

This 1 day workshop aims to give delegates a thorough understanding of the new EU Directive, and the new UK Regulations. Delegates will learn about the different procurement procedures, including the all-new procedures available from 2015, and learn how to plan a procurement, depending on the procedure to be used. Delegates will also learn how to apply the new Regulations in their organisations, and understand what needs to change in order to be sure of legal compliance.

This course is provided on a dedicated basis and can be readily customised to enable client specific public procurement regulatory challenges and priorities to be incorporated into course materials and delivery.

  • The new EU Procurement Directive of 2014
  • The new Public Contract Regulations, 2015
  • EU- compliant procurement
    • Types of purchase
    • Contract value thresholds
    • Aggregation rules
    • Framework agreements
    • Dynamic Purchasing Systems
  • The new EU procurement procedures; and how to select which one should be used:
    • The Open Procedure
    • The Restricted Procedure
    • The Competitive Procedure With Negotiation
    • The Competitive Dialogue Procedure
    • The Innovation Partnership Procedure
  • Planning the procurement
    • The new time limits for public procurement processes
    • Setting timescales for the procurement process.
    • Timescale reductions for electronic documents
  • Key stages in the process:
    • Call for competition
    • Specification
    • Selection
    • Award
  • Use of a Prior Indicative Notice (‘PIN’) and the new ‘PIN with a Call for Competition’
  • Using social and environmental selection criteria
  • Challenges, appeals and remedies
  • Sanctions for failure to apply the Directives

  • Anyone involved in any way with procurement and contract management in the public sector
  • Anyone involved with setting public sector procurement strategy.
  • Anyone involved in bidding for work from public sector organisations
  • Anyone involved in writing tenders and specifications
  • All commissioners of public services

This workshop is suitable for all public sector staff, from all levels, in Local and Central Government, Government Agencies, Education and NHS establishments; and their suppliers. However, this workshop will not specifically address the new EU Utilities Directive of 2014, or the new Concessions Directive of 2014; nor will it specifically address public expenditure on Defence and Warlike stores.

On completion of this workshop, delegates will:

  • Understand the purpose and objectives of the new EU Procurement Directive, 2014
  • Understand the purpose and objectives of the new UK Procurement regulations, 2015
  • Understand the different EU procurement procedures, how to select and apply the most appropriate procedure for any procurement, and what that may mean for bidders
  • Be able to plan the timescales for public procurements
  • Be aware of statements and practices that might compromise compliance with the Regulations
  • Understand how selection criteria can be framed to ensure compliance
  • Understand rights of challenge under the new Directive and Regulations
  • Be aware of the risks and potential sanctions for failing to comply with the new Directive and Regulations