The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act) provides Ministers with powers to make regulations and issue statutory guidance on a number of specified issues. Most provisions of the Act do not, therefore, come into effect immediately and the work to develop the regulations and guidance will be aligned to the work on the development of regulations to implement the EU Procurement Directives.
The new regulations are effective from 18 April 2016.
Why is it important?
The Act is a significant element of the continuing Public Procurement Reform Programme. The Programme centres on the Scottish Model of Procurement, which puts procurement at the heart of Scotland’s economic recovery. It sees procurement as an integral part of policy development and service delivery. It is a simple concept - business friendly, socially responsible. Looking at outcomes not outputs, it uses the power of public spend to deliver genuine public value beyond simply cost/quality in purchasing.
The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 builds on the work achieved so far in the reform of public procurement in Scotland. It will establish the laws regarding sustainable public procurement, and allow us to maximise the economic benefit brought to Scotland from effective and efficient public procurement activity.