Uncertainty over Brexit continues and is still being hotly debated in The House of Commons. For those however who are interested in the area of procurement, some definite guidelines are starting to be communicated post Brexit. Largely the public procurement regulations will be unchanged, however there are some points which the Public Sector and relevant businesses should consider.
Public Sector authorities who publish direct to OJEU/TED
Public Sector authorities who publish direct will be required to register with the new UK e-notification service. To do this, you will require a Contracts Finder Supplier Registration Service account. If you already have a Contract Finders account, you do not need to take any action. Existing Contracts Finder users will be able to publish to the new UK e-notification service automatically and need take no action.
Public Sector authorities who have a Supplier Registration Service account, but not a Contracts Finder account should visit Contracts Finderand log in using their Supplier Registration Service details and apply to post notices.
Contracting Authorities have a legal obligation to publish procurement details but post Brexit, these Contracting Authorities may not be able to access OJEU and TED, therefore the UK Government will be required to change legislation so that Contracting Authorities can access the new UK e-notifcation service.
The use of third-party suppliers to submit procurement notices
If you are a third-party provider who submits procurement notices to the EU Publications Office on behalf of the Public Sector, you need to ensure that you have completed the process necessary to post notices to the new UK e-notfication platform. If you are a Public Authority who uses a third-party supplier, you need to contact your supplier to confirm their plans.
Businesses looking to tender for Public Sector work
If you are a business and use OJEU and TED to look for procurement opportunities, you can continue to do so for EU opportunities but for UK opportunities, you will need to access the new UK e-notification service.
Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI will remain unchanged.
Further guidance from The Government regarding procurement post Brexit can be found here.
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