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Update to Guidance on the Procurement of Care and Support Services (Best-Practice)

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Scottish Government


1. The purpose of this Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) is to inform public bodies that the best-practice guidance on the procurement of care and support services in Scotland has been updated.

Key Messages

  • Buying care and support services often requires special consideration within a public body’s overall approach to the procurement of goods and services. This is because these services can have a significant impact on the quality of life and health of people who use them and their carers. This means that these services are often purchased differently to other services.
  • Best-practice guidance was developed in 2010 (the Procurement of Care and Support Services Guidance 2010) in recognition that these services are handled differently.
  • The 2016 guidance this SPPN refers to updates and replaces the 2010 guidance mainly to reflect changes to the national procurement rules as a result of 2014 European Union Procurement Directives which have now been transposed into Scottish procurement legislation.

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