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Is your organisation prepared for the additional eProcurement requirements?


In less than two months, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 #102 (the public procurement legislation) impose additional eProcurement rules on contracting authorities.

From 18th October 2018, all elements of communication and information exchange conducted during the procurement process must be carried out electronically for above EU threshold procedures. This includes the requirement for tender submissions to be received through an online system that meets certain technical requirements.

These requirements are imposed to ensure the security of responses and the integrity of the tender process.


The rule changes effectively put an end to paper based tenders for above EU threshold procurement exercises, with very few exceptions.

Whilst the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 have been in place since February 2015, there was a phased role out of Regulation 22 (the eCommunication rules) to allow contracting authorities sufficient time to update internal processes and systems to comply with the legislation.

Prior to 18th October, contracting authorities should ensure they understand their additional obligations concerning eProcurement and have in place relevant processes and systems to ensure full compliance with Regulation 22.

For advice and support on how to meet your eProcurement requirements, please contact Mike Barnett or Claire Paton:

Mike Barnett via mbarnett@cirruspurchasing.co.uk or 07572108320.

Claire Paton via cpaton@cirruspurchasing.co.uk or 07828 143935.

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