Collection

Procurement policy notes

This collection brings together all procurement policy notes, providing guidance on best practice for public sector procurement.

Guidance on best practice for procurement for public sector organisations, together with supporting documentation.

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2017

2016

  1. Procurement policy note 11/16: procuring steel in major projects - revised guidance

    • Guidance
  2. Procurement policy note 10/16: onerous practices in procurement and contracting

    • Guidance
  3. Procurement Policy Note 09/16: Procuring for Growth Balanced Scorecard

    • Guidance
  4. Procurement policy note 8/16: Standard Selection Questionnaire (SQ) template

    • Guidance
  5. Procurement Policy Note 07/16: Legal requirement to publish on Contracts Finder

    • Guidance
  6. Procurement policy note 06/16: Armed Forces Covenant

    • Guidance
  7. Procurement policy note 05/16: Open book contract management

    • Guidance
  8. Procurement policy note (PPN) 04/16: Concession contracts threshold

    • Guidance
  9. Procurement policy note 03/16: publication of payment performance statistics

    • Guidance
  10. Procurement policy note 02/16: Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 and Concession Contracts Regulations 2016

    • Guidance
  11. Procurement Policy Note 01/16: complying with international obligations

    • Policy paper

2015

  1. Procurement Policy Note 18/15: New Threshold Levels 2016

    • Guidance
  2. Procurement Policy Note 17/15: Standard EU forms and notices for public procurement

    • Guidance
  3. Procurement Policy Note 15/15: statistics on utilities procurement contracts awarded in 2013 and 2014

    • Guidance
  4. Procurement Policy Note 14/15: supporting apprenticeships and skills through public procurement

    • Guidance
  5. Procurement Policy Note 12/15: Availability of Procurement Procedures (Decision Tree)

    • Guidance
  6. Procurement policy note 11/15: unstructured electronic invoices

    • Guidance
  7. Procurement policy note 10/15: annual statistical returns on public procurement contracts awarded 2013 and 2014

    • Guidance
  8. Procurement policy note 09/15: assisting with procurement investigations

    • Guidance
  9. Procurement Policy Note 08/15: tax arrangements of appointees

    • Guidance
  10. Procurement Policy Note 07/15: open standards for technology

    • Guidance
  11. Procurement Policy Note 06/15: sustainable skills development through major projects

    • Guidance
  12. Procurement Policy Note 05/15: prompt payment and performance reporting

    • Guidance
  13. Procurement Policy Note 04/15: taking account of suppliers’ past performance

    • Guidance
  14. Procurement Policy Note 03/15: reforms to make public procurement more accessible to SMEs

    • Guidance
  15. Procurement Policy Note 02/15: Public Contracts Regulations 2015

    • Guidance
  16. Procurement Policy Note 01/15: implementing Energy Efficiency Directive article 6: further information

    • Guidance

2014

  1. Procurement Policy Note 11/14: references and public procurement

    • Guidance
  2. Procurement Policy Note 10/14: the plan for public procurement of food and catering

    • Guidance
  3. Procurement Policy Note 09/14: Cyber Essentials scheme certification

    • Guidance
  4. Procurement Policy Note 07/14: implementing Energy Efficiency Directive article 6

    • Guidance
  5. Procurement Policy Note 06/14: short form terms and conditions

    • Guidance
  6. Procurement Policy Note 05/14: staff transfers and pensions

    • Guidance
  7. Procurement Policy Note 04/14: model services contract

    • Guidance
  8. Procurement policy note 03/14: promoting tax compliance

    • Guidance
  9. Procurement policy note 02/14: extending Mystery Shopper

    • Guidance
  10. Procurement policy note 01/14: sharing information within government

    • Guidance

2013

  1. Procurement policy note 10/13: new threshold levels for 2014

    • Guidance
  2. Procurement policy note 09/13: Implementing the New Classifications Policy

    • Guidance
  3. Procurement policy note 08/13: EU statistics on utilities sector procurement annual return for calendar year 2012

    • Guidance
  4. Procurement policy note 07/13: EU statistics on public procurement annual return for calendar year 2012

    • Guidance
  5. Procurement policy note 05/13: modernising EU procurement rules

    • Guidance
  6. Procurement for growth

    • Guidance
  7. Procurement policy note 03/13: promoting tax compliance and procurement

    • Guidance
  8. Procurement policy note 02/13: supplier financial risk issues

    • Guidance
  9. Procurement policy note 01/13: public sector equality duty

    • Guidance

2012

2011

  1. Procurement policy note 11/11: legislative proposals for the revised procurement directives and new directive on concessions

    • Guidance
  2. Procurement policy note 10/11: new threshold levels for 2012 and changes in the use of the accelerated restricted procedure

    • Guidance
  3. Procurement policy note 8/11: procurement of open source IT

    • Guidance
  4. Procurement policy note 07/11: updates to guidance on transparency in procurement and contracting

    • Guidance
  5. Procurement policy note 06/11: amendments to the procurement regulations, including 'Uniplex'

    • Guidance
  6. Procurement policy note 05/11: modernising the public procurement rules

    • Guidance
  7. Procurement policy note 04/11: EU statistics on public procurement, annual return for calendar year 2010

    • Guidance
  8. Procurement policy update: April 2011

    • Guidance
  9. Procurement policy note 05/11: further measures to promote small business procurement

    • Guidance
  10. Procurement policy note 4/11: modernising the public procurement rules and implementing the defence and security directive

    • Guidance
  11. Procurement policy note 02/11: published guidance on implementing requirements for greater transparency

    • Guidance

Out of date procurement policy notes

Published 8 August 2013
Last updated 22 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. new PPN added - threshold levels 2018
  2. New PPN 03/17 added to 2017 list
  3. 02/17 update on previous transparency PPN added
  4. moved PPN 13/15 to out of date collection
  5. new collection group '2017' added
  6. New PPN 01/17 added and new group '2017' created
  7. Added 'PPN 13/15' to out of date procurement policy notes
  8. Added procurement policy note 11/16: procuring steel in major projects - revised guidance and moved 16/15 to out of date content as it has been replaced by this new note.
  9. Added procurement policy note 10/16: onerous practices in procurement and contracting.
  10. Added Procurement Policy Note 09/16: Procuring for Growth Balanced Scorecard
  11. Added 07/16 procurement policy note.
  12. Added PPN note 05/16.
  13. Added note 03/16
  14. Added PPN 02/16
  15. Edited collection documents to include PPN18/15
  16. Added note on complying with international obligations.
  17. Added PPN 18/15
  18. Added procurement policy note 17/15 on standard EU forms and notices
  19. Updated with procurement policy note 16/15 procuring steel in a major project
  20. Added Procurement Policy Note 15/15: statistics on utilities procurement contracts awarded in 2013 and 2014
  21. Added PPN 14/15 on supporting apprenticeships and skills through public procurement
  22. Added policy procurement note 13/15 on transparency of contract information
  23. Added latest procurement policy note 12/15: availability of procurement procedures (decision tree)
  24. PPN 11/15 added
  25. Added PPN 10/15: annual statistical returns on public procurement contracts awarded in 2013 and 2014.
  26. Added new PPN: assisting with procurement investigations
  27. PPNs 05/15, 06/15, 07/15, 08/15 added.
  28. Added latest procurement policy note 04/15: taking account of suppliers’ past performance
  29. Added Policy Procurement Note 03/15 on reforms to make public procurement more accessible to SMEs.
  30. Added Procurement Policy Note 02/15 on the Public Contracts Regulations 2015
  31. Added Procurement Policy Note 01/15 on further information for implementing Energy Efficiency Directive article 6.
  32. Added procurement policy note 11/14 on references.
  33. Added Policy Procurement Note 10/14: plan for public procurement of food and catering services.
  34. Added 09/14: use of Cyber Essentials scheme certification
  35. Procurement policy note 08/14 on pre-qualification questionnaires added: this replaces note 01/12.
  36. Added Procurement Policy Note 07/14 – Implementing Article 6 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.
  37. Updated with Procurement Policy Note 06/14 on short form terms and conditions.
  38. Added Procurement Policy Note 04/14: model services contract
  39. Added procurement policy notes 02/14 and 03/14.
  40. Added PPN 01/14 on sharing information in government procurement.
  41. New procurement policy note on threshold levels for 2014.
  42. First published.