Are you curious about the standard procurement procedures in the UK? Are you completely new to procurement and want to learn more? Perhaps you have procurement experience but need help choosing a procedure for your organisation. No matter your level of experience, Hudson Procure are here to help!
In this blog, we’ll go through five standard procurement procedures in the UK. Keep reading to find out what they are and how they could work for your organisation!
First in our list of standard procurement procedures is open tendering. This is generally used when there are many suppliers who could meet the needs of the contract.
With an open tendering procedure, there is no separate selection stage (explained in more detail below). All interested bidders will have access to the invitation to tender (ITT). In this document, buyers will include questions for the prospective suppliers to answer. With this procedure, all suppliers are eligible to submit a tender response, outlining their suitability for the contract.
While this procurement procedure is standard in the UK, it can also be inefficient for buyers. This is because the buyer is likely to receive a large number of tenders and evaluating these can be time-consuming.
One of the most common standard procurement procedures is the restricted procedure. This procedure should be used in cases where many suppliers could fulfil the needs of the contract.
Typically, a restricted procedure would be executed in two stages. Initially, the buyer would shortlist interested suppliers with a selection process. This could take the form of a selection questionnaire (SQ) or pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ). With these documents, buyers can find out more about the supplier, including their qualifications, experience and capabilities.
Once this process is complete, the buyer can issue an ITT to eligible businesses. Then, suppliers can respond to the ITT with detailed quality responses, outlining their suitability for the project.
At the end of this process, the buyer will award the contract to the supplier offering the most value.
Another of the UK’s standard procurement procedures is competitive dialogue. This process gives potential suppliers the flexibility to negotiate solutions with the buyer. Typically, this procurement process will be used when:
When buyers use competitive dialogue, they’re required to justify their chosen standard procurement procedures.
With this procedure, buyers can clarify details of each bid with the supplier after the submission deadline has passed. This procedure should be used when the buyer is unable to explain or specify their needs.
For example, this procedure is commonly used when:
This procurement procedure shouldn’t be used for contracts where many suppliers can deliver the services or products. Instead, it is better suited for contracts that require solutions or further input from suppliers.
Finally, to end our list of standard procurement procedures, let’s look at the negotiated procedure without prior publication.
It’s important to note that this procedure should only be used in exceptional circumstances. These include:
Similar to competitive dialogue, buyers need to justify using this procurement procedure. For example, to use this procedure, you would need to explain why there are no reasonable alternatives.
There are many different procurement procedures that buyers can use, depending on the circumstances around the contract. However, standard procurement procedures in the UK include:
Before you continue with any procurement activity, you need to figure out which procurement procedure is right for your organisation. But what if you need help with choosing the right procedure for your needs?
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