The proposal for a new procurement directive
The proposal for a new Directive released by the European Commission at the end of 2011 aimed to achieve more flexibility with the rules, facilitating access to contracts for SMEs, supporting strategic use of public procurement for environmental and social policy goals and providing more legal clarity on the application of the rules.
The publication of the proposal followed a wide consultation process conducted by the European Commission, with the publication of a Green Paper in early 2011. The NHS European Office engaged significantly with this process, submitting views and proposals for improvement on behalf of the NHS.
Download the NHS European Office briefing on the proposals, which outlined the main issues and implications for the NHS.
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Further background reading
To Tender or not to tender: What do EU public procurement rules mean for NHS commissioning?
The NHS European Office hosted a hub session at the NHS Confederation 2013 Annual Conference with leading law firm Browne Jacobson LLP. The session provided both NHS commissioners and providers with information and advice on what the current, and future, EU rules on procurement will mean for the reformed NHS. View the presentations from the session.
HAPPI - linking healthcare providers with innovative solutions
A project aimed at bringing together European organisations involved in public sector health procurement with suppliers of innovative products and solutions to help people age well, has launched its new website. The HAPPI project - Healthy Ageing: Public Procurement of Innovations - aims to establish the conditions for health institutions throughout Europe to collaborate in the purchase of "ageing well" and health innovative products, services and solutions. More details on their website.
Remedies in Public Procurement
The EU Remedies Directive (2007/66/EC) improves access to rapid and effective review procedures for suppliers who allege that public authorities have breached procurement rules, and in particular to tackle the direct illegal award of contracts.
The NHS European Office published a briefing to raise awareness amongst NHS managers involved in procurement of the EU Directive when it entered into force in the UK.