Government Commercial Function: Standards

The standards and guidance for commercial government work that must be used by all civil servants.

These standards are managed by the Government Commercial Function, a cross-government network of commercial professionals.

The Commercial Standards for Government are adopted by all government departments.

General enquiries


Standards which define how all Government departments should operate commercially to ensure strong commercial behaviours and getting value for money​.

  1. Commercial operating standards for government


These documents provide help and advice on best practice for commercial work

Delegations and spending controls

Information on the function’s operating frameworks and the controls it manages to ensure the best use of resources.

  1. Managing public money
Published 21 September 2015
Last updated 5 February 2016 + show all updates
  1. Commercial standards for Government added to the Standards section
  2. Green Book on appraisal and evaluation in central government added to Standards.
  3. First published.