1. References in this guidance to 'carers' include unpaid carers.
3. The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014; The Procurement (Scotland) Regulations 2016; and The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015. (The Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016 and The Concessions Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016 are not covered by this guidance).
4. The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 places various duties on the Integration Authorities established by that Act. These are either Integration Joint Boards or health boards and/or local authorities acting as lead agencies to create a 'strategic plan' for the integrated functions and budgets that they control.
5. Fundamental principles deriving from the TFEU include: transparency (contract procedures must be transparent and contract opportunities should generally be publicised); equal treatment and non-discrimination (potential suppliers must be treated equally); proportionality (procurement procedures and decisions must be proportionate); and mutual recognition (giving equal validity to qualifications and standards from other Member States, where appropriate).
6. The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015. (The Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016; and The Concessions Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016 are not covered by this guidance)
8. Sections 15 and 18 are not just relevant to care and support services contracts but apply more generally to public procurements.
9.The Scottish Government invited the following bodies to participate and is grateful for all contributions received.