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Scottish procurement policy handbook

Rules and standards for public procurement. This document is under review and whilst it reflects general process, references to legislation may not be current.


18 Supplementary guidance

18.1 Scottish Procurement Policy Notes

SPD produces Scottish Procurement Policy Notes ( SPPNs) on an ad hoc basis on current procurement policy issues. SPPNs are circulated widely to Scottish public sector organisations and are also published on the SPD website. SPPNs supplement the policy guidance in this Handbook. Every contracting authority should ensure that it keeps up to date with and takes appropriate action in response to policy developments disseminated via SPPNs.

SPPNs can be found on the SPD website:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/Procurement/policy/manual/policy-notes

18.2 Scottish Procurement Action Notes

SPD also produces Scottish Procurement Action Notes ( SPANs) on an ad hoc basis. One use of SPANs is to alert organisations to recent court decisions which do not influence procurement policy but which are nonetheless of interest to procurement professionals. SPANs are circulated widely to Scottish public sector organisations and are also published on the SPD website:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/Procurement/policy/manual/SPAN

18.3 Scottish Procurement Directorate website

The SPD website has a section dedicated to procurement policy:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/Procurement/Policy

18.4 Policy Forum

Membership of the Policy Forum comprises key stakeholders from each sector and representatives from each sectoral Centre of Expertise ( COE). Its purpose is to advise on and support the development of new procurement policy. It will be consulted on all major policy development issues.

Further information on the Policy Forum has been published on the SPD website:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/Procurement/policy/procurepolicyforum

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