COVID-19: Procurement Policy Notes

24 Mar 2020 03:30 PM

The Cabinet Office has issued two Procurement Policy Notes (PPN) in relation to COVID-19.

PPNs are issued by central government to help public sector organisations (referred to as contracting authorities) deliver best practice in procurement.

Procurement Policy Note 01/20: Responding to COVID-19

This PPN recognises that public sector organisations may need to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency and permits authorities to do this using regulation 32(2)(c) under the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

The PPN covers options that may be considered in relation to procurements under the Public Contract Regulations 2015, including:

Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19

The PPN sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak. It states that contracting authorities must act quickly to ensure suppliers at risk are in a position to resume normal contract delivery once the outbreak is over.

The PPN states that all contracting authorities should: