Public procurement—Competitive dialogue procedure
Public procurement—Competitive dialogue procedure

The following Public Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Public procurement—Competitive dialogue procedure
  • Brexit impact—public procurement
  • General
  • Public procurement procedures—legal background
  • Background
  • Procedure—generally
  • Procedure—request to participate (pre-qualification)
  • Procedure—dialogue
  • Issues arising when using the competitive dialogue procedure

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for public law?

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.


As from 26 February 2015 a contracting authority must use one of the five permitted procurement procedures set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, SI 2015/102 (PCR 2015) unless an exemption applies, such as where the value of the contract is below the relevant threshold.

For details of procurement generally, the relevant monetary thresholds and what a ‘contracting authority’ is, see Practice Note: Introduction to public contracts procurement.

Public procurement procedures—legal background

The competitive dialogue procedure derives from Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and

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