PPN 07/21 was published on 24 June 2021 and provides consolidated guidance that reminds public bodies of the requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR) to publish information about opportunities and awards over certain low value thresholds on Contracts Finder.
The PPN includes guidance, which also incorporates additional policy requirements on Central Government to publish procurement and contract documents. The PPN takes immediate effect.
The guidance is split into two parts;
- Part one, which applies to all contracting authorities across the public sector (and for the purposes of this PPN, also includes NHS trusts), replaces PPN 07/16 and the associated guidance.
- Part two, which applies to central government authorities, replaces previous guidance on publication of central government tenders and contracts.
Please note that the PPN states that NHS trusts are to be considered as sub-central contracting authorities for the purposes of Part 1 and are exempt from applying Part 2 (despite being listed as a central government authority in the PCR).
Publication on Contracts Finder is not required where the procurement is for health care services for the purposes of the NHS within the meaning and scope of the National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No. 2) Regulations 2013.
The PPN covers contract notices and contract award notices.