Development of the regulations and statutory guidance followed a process to engage stakeholders in policy decisions. This included a consultation on changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland, as well as forums and workshops to discuss the policy options regarding statutory guidance.
The new EU Procurement Directives have introduced both mandatory and discretionary elements. These discretionary elements, and our proposals for implementing these, were the main focus of a public consultation that ran from 9 February 2015 until 30 April 2015.
The responses to the consultation helped inform the development of secondary legislation implementing the new Directives as well as secondary legislation and statutory guidance arising from the Act. The non-confidential responses to the public consultation along with a report analysing those responses were published on 10 August 2015.
Scottish Government’s formal response to the consultation was published on 17 December 2015.