”SCF and the UK public sector are bound by the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) which is a UK law established to closely mirror the provisions included in the EU Procurement Directive 2014 – often referred to as the OJEU Regulations.
This means that, whilst the UK is no longer part of the EU, UK law has not changed so the public sector must still abide by the provisions of PCR 2015.
A Green Paper has recently been issued by the Cabinet Office to consult on proposals for a new set of UK Procurement Regulations which are anticipated to come into force in 2022/2023 – until then the rules which govern our public sector procurement processes are largely unchanged.
As a member of the NACF (National Association of Construction Frameworks) SCF shares an alliance with other Public Sector Frameworks Nationally to ensure robust compliant procurement for ourselves and partners Frameworks (and to ensure we deliver Gold Standard Frameworks… more on that another time)
As an organisation the NACF are engaged with Prof Sue Arrowsmith QC (a Nationally Recognised Procurement Expert) through the Local Government Organisation (LGA) National Procurement Strategy Construction Steering Group. The advice that we are being given is that Brexit will not substantially change the way we procure, because the key checks and balances (transparency, openness, fair and equitable opportunity, probity etc) need to be in place. Much of the way the OJEU approach was put in place was driven by UK best practice.
So other than needing to remember to say “PCR” instead of “OJEU” no change yet but watch this space.”