On 21 February 2021, the Cabinet Office published Requirements for contracts covered by the WTO Government Procurement Agreement and the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (Action PPN 02/21).
This Procurement Policy Note (PPN) sets out:
- i) The ongoing requirements for contracting authorities following the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) coming into force for the UK as an independent party on 1 January 2021; and
ii) The action required following the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).
Dissemination and Scope
- This PPN applies to all contracting authorities which come within the scope of the public procurement regulations , including Central Government Departments, Executive Agencies, Non-Departmental Public Bodies, the wider public sector, local authority and NHS bodies, and utilities. Together, these are referred to in this PPN as ‘contracting authorities’. Please circulate this PPN within and to relevant organisations that you are responsible for, drawing it to the specific attention of those with a purchasing role.
- The provisions of this PPN should be applied with immediate effect.