Guidance

Public-sector procurement from 1 January 2021

Information for public authorities, businesses and other organisations on the outcome for public procurement policy from 1 January 2021.

New rules for January 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.

Check what else you need to do during the transition period.

From 1 January 2021 a new e-notification service called Find a Tender will be used to post and view public sector procurement notices.

Advice for Contracting Authorities

You will need to publish public procurement notices through Find a Tender. This service will go live on 1 January 2021. It will replace the requirement to publish notices in the Official Journal of the European Union.

If you use a third party ‘eSender’ to manage your procurement notices, you will be able to continue to use them provided that they have confirmed they can publish notices to Find a Tender.

The following eSenders have completed this work:

  • Adam
  • ADB (UK) Limited
  • Atamis Limited
  • BiP Solutions
  • European Dynamics
  • EU Supply
  • In-Tend Ltd
  • Jaggaer
  • Millstream Associates (part of Proactis)
  • Proactis
  • Sourcedogg
  • Wax Digital

If you do not use an eSender and/or intend to publish notices directly to Find a Tender, you will need to register with the service. This can be done now by creating a buyer’s account on Contracts Finder. All Contracts Finder accounts will automatically be given access to publish notices on Find a Tender.

Register as a buyer

Advice for Business

From 1 January 2021, you will be able to use Find a Tender to view public procurement notices published by UK contracting authorities.

You will still be able to use existing portals such as Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI to view low value or location specific notices.

Published 14 January 2019
Last updated 24 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. From 1 January 2021 a new e-notification service called Find a Tender will be used to post and view public sector procurement notices.

  2. Updated section on what will change for businesses

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

  4. "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, "

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

  6. Changed 29 March to 11 April 2019

  7. 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.

  8. First published.