Guidance

Public-sector procurement from 31 January 2020

Information for public authorities, businesses and other organisations on the outcome for public procurement policy from 31 January 2020.

The following EU Public Procurement Directives and UK Public Procurement Regulations will continue to apply during the transition period from 31 January 2020 until 31 December 2020.

A package of Public Procurement Directives sets out the EU legal framework for procurement by public authorities and utilities:

These EU Directives govern procedures for the award of a contract to a supplier (a provider of works, supplies or services) when its value exceeds set financial thresholds, unless it qualifies for a specific exclusion. They require procurements to be competed transparently and fairly.

The Public Procurement Directives were implemented for England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the following regulations:

The Public Procurement Directives were implemented separately by the Scottish Government via the following regulations:

Defence and security procurement is dealt with separately in The Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011 which apply to the whole of the UK.

Published 14 January 2019
Last updated 25 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated section on what will change for businesses

  2. Updated information on the UK e-notification service which has been named Find a Tender (FTS)

  3. "First section removed and linked to another page with same information added (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/public-sector-procurement-under-the-eu-withdrawal-agreement.) Call to action box added. Contracting authorities call to action moved to top of page, "

  4. Added 'Wax Digital' to list in 'What contracting authorities need to do now'.

  5. Changed 29 March to 11 April 2019

  6. Updated list of e-senders that have told Cabinet Office that they intend to integrate their services with the new UK e-notification service in early 2019.

  7. First published.