Changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland

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The latest Scottish Procurement Policy Note details changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland.

This note tells you about key changes to the rules on public procurement in Scotland, arising from:

  • EU Directive 2014/24/EU (“the public procurement directive”);
  • EU Directive 2014/25/EU (“the utilities directive”);
  • EU Directive 2014/23/EU (“the concessions directive”); and
  • The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (“the Act”)

and when these will take effect.

2. Key Points

  • Regulations transposing the public procurement directive have been laid in the Scottish Parliament today and will take effect on 18 April 2016.

Three further sets of regulations:

  • transposing the utilities directive
  • transposing the concessions directive; and
  • under the Act;

will be laid in January 2016 and will also come into effect on 18 April 2016.

  • Most provisions of the Act will commence on 18 April 2016, but some will commence later.
  • Statutory guidance under the Act will be published in the early part of 2016
  • Training on the changes to the rules will also be available from early 2016.

    Download the full policy note here (PDF).