Policy paper

NHS e-procurement strategy

Actions on e-procurement to be taken by the NHS and the government under the NHS Procurement Development Programme.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Applies to England


NHS eProcurement strategy


This document provides details of actions to improve NHS data and information as part of the NHS Procurement Development Programme, which aims to help the NHS save £1.5 billion by the financial year 2015 to 2016.

The actions are to:

  • define standards to ensure NHS e-procurement systems work together
  • require the adoption of standards by the NHS (GS1 coding and PEPPOL messaging standards)
  • invest in technology solutions that will support e-procurement implementation by the NHS
  • establish a single NHS spend analysis and price benchmarking service

The document also sets out how e-procurement can better support the NHS procurement processes that manage transactions and pricing with suppliers.

Published 7 May 2014