Information for public authorities, businesses and other organisations on the outcome for public procurement policy from 1 January 2021.
On 10 November 2020, the Cabinet Office published guidance on public sector procurement from 1 January 2021 which provides that:
- Contracting authorities are advised that they will need to publish public procurement notices through Find a Tender which will go live on 1 January 2021 and will replace the requirement to publish notices in the Official Journal of the European Union.
- If contracting authorities use a third party eSender to manage procurement notices, they will be able to continue to use them provided that they have confirmed they can publish notices to Find a Tender.
- If contracting authorities do not use an eSender or intend to publish notices directly to Find a Tender, they will need to register with the service. This can be done by creating a buyer’s account on Contracts Finder. All Contracts Finder accounts will automatically be given access to publish notices on Find a Tender.
For more information on the likely implications of Brexit on public procurement, see Practice note, Brexit: implications for public procurement law.