The majority of the public procurement provisions in The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 come into force today, 26 February 2015. A link to the text is [here]. They implement the EU’s 2014 Public Sector Procurement Directive (see previous news item: [here]). The new provisions now in force apply to procurements started on or after today’s date.
This will affect in substance all public contracts, only certain new rules (e.g. e-procurement) will not be implemented until as late as 2018.
Separate Regulations will be made for Scotland, where the existing rules continue to apply for the time being.