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New procurement regulations delayed until 2015

23 September 2014

It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for! In an announcement made yesterday, the Cabinet Office has confirmed that implementation of the new public procurement regulations in England and Wales will be delayed until 2015.

The regulations will implement the EU Public Sector Directive which came into force in April 2014. It was previously thought that the regulations would be fast tracked for implementation in late 2014, but the UK Government has two years from the date of publication in the OJEU to implement the Directive into national law.

The current proposal from Government is to implement the majority of the new Directive mid-2015 but leave certain parts relating to clinical healthcare services until the last day possible: 18 April 2016. Consultation is only until 17 October 2014 and, considering this strange circumstance, plus the insertion of the Lord Young reforms, our advice is to get your thinking hat on soon if you want to contribute.

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