Prior information notices and contract notices
Produced in partnership with Katherine Calder of DAC Beachcroft

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Katherine Calder of DAC Beachcroft provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Prior information notices and contract notices
  • Brexit impact—public procurement
  • Electronic availability of procurement documents
  • Form of notices
  • Prior information notices
  • Publication
  • Calling for competition by a sub-central contracting authority
  • Calling for competition under the light touch regime
  • Contract notices
  • Additional notices
  • More...

Prior information notices and contract notices

Brexit impact—public procurement

The UK public procurement regime derives from EU public procurement laws, and is therefore impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For general updates on the process and preparations for Brexit, see Practice Note: Brexit timeline. For further reading on the impact of Brexit on public procurement, see Practice Note: Brexit—the implications for public procurement.

Prior to IP completion day, PINs and contract notices were published in the online supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), Tenders Electronic Daily (TED). For procurements launched after IP completion day, notices are required to be published in the UK’s e-notification service, Find a Tender Service (FTS).

Contracting authorities may submit notices in respect of public contracts to FTS for publication even when they are not required to do so under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015). Specific guidance has been issued on transparency requirements for publishing on Contracts Finder, see: LNB News 25/06/2021 87.

To comply with international agreements, such as the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA), relevant procurements in the UK must be advertised through a single point of access available free of charge, which required a UK-wide service to replace OJEU. As considered further below, Contracts Finder (in addition to Sell2Wales, eTendersNI and Public Contracts Scotland) continues to operate in the same way

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