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:
- The Public Contracts Directive 2014
- The Concessions Contracts Directive 2014
- The Utilities Directive 2014
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 Contracts Regulations 2015
- The Concession Contracts Regulations 2016
- The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016
The Public Procurement Directives were implemented separately by the Scottish Government via the following regulations:
- The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015
- The Concession Contracts (Scotland) 2016
- The Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016
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.