Procurement policy note 10/16: onerous practices in procurement and contracting

This note explains how government buyers can avoid using onerous practices in procurement and contracting activity.


Procurement policy note: onerous practices in procurement and contracting

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Some suppliers are still reporting procurements that are being conducted in ways that result in disproportionate or inappropriate risk transfer between buyers and suppliers. Unnecessarily onerous requirements are not best practice and, while not commonplace, can stifle innovation and lead to increased costs for both parties. This procurement policy note (PPN) details how procurers can avoid using such practices in procurement and contracting activity.

The contents and associated guidance of this PPN apply to all central government departments, their executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies. These organisations are referred to in this PPN as ‘in-scope organisations’.

Please circulate this PPN within your organisation, drawing it to the attention of those with a purchasing role and those who have commercial dealings with suppliers.

Published 5 December 2016