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New public procurement rules have been in place for almost two weeks now.
Much has been written about the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR); less on how they fit in with other laws and guidance.
Whilst contracting authorities need to understand and apply the PCR for any new tenders that they publish—except where an exemption applies—they also need to be aware of other guidance that may apply.
Here's three key questions that every contracting authority ought to ask themselves:
Details on the new rules are set out by the Cabinet Office and the Crown Commercial Service's on their joint webpage: Transposing EU procurement directives.
Remember that procurements do not take place in a legal vacuum where only public procurement law applies.
Therefore, the areas of law below, in particular, should also be considered in addition to the PCR (bearing in mind that not all of them may apply).
You should always check what guidance applies to the contracting aut
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