Guidance

Short form terms and conditions

Choosing the right terms and conditions of contract is essential for government and public sector buyers to get best value.

Documents

Short form terms and conditions for goods

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Short form terms and conditions for services

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Detail

The short form terms and conditions have been developed by the Crown Commercial Service and the Government Legal Service for general goods and services contracts with a value below the procurement thresholds set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

The documents are designed to ensure that you are able to use appropriate and proportionately ‘light touch’ contract terms for low value procurements. This is aimed at avoiding the use of overly complex terms which can increase costs and act as a barrier to the involvement of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The documents are not suitable for construction works, for which industry standard forms of contract are available, or for IT contracts for which a suitable framework should normally be used.

They have been quality assured with stakeholders in government departments and with industry via SME panel members.

Guidance on the use of the documents is included in the introductory notes in each document set.

For more information please call 0345 410 2222 or email info@crowncommercial.gov.uk