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Government publishes single guidance note on transparency in procurement

The Crown Commercial Service has issued a procurement policy note bringing together public bodies’ responsibilities in relation to transparency.

The note says that all in-scope organisations, as a minimum, follow the legal requirements to publish advertised opportunities and awards on Contracts Finder as required by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

The note, which can be viewed here, covers:

  • Legal requirements for publication: thresholds for publication; advertising opportunities; publishing awards.
  • Additional policy requirements for publication: central government; local government.
  • Publication of Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) notices on Contracts Finder.
  • Use of procurement portal providers.

The contents of the note applies to central government, agencies, non departmental public bodies, wider public sector, local authorities and NHS bodies.

The Competition and Markets Authority has meanwhile launched a free screening for cartels tool that can help procurers screen tender data for signs of possible bid rigging by a cartel.

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