19 Mar 2020 -
 General

UK Government releases emergency procurement policy

The UK Government is taking powers to “procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency ,” according to a new procurement policy note (Information Note PPN 01/20)

The Cabinet Office release says, “The COVID-19 outbreak is likely to give rise to supply chain disruption and contracting authorities may need to take action in response to supplier claims of ‘force majeure’ or contract ‘frustration’.”

The PPN continues to say, “the exact response to COVID-19 will be tailored to the nature, scale and location of the threat in the UK, as our understanding develops”.

This PPN is applicable to all “contracting authorities”, which incudes central government departments, executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies, local authorities, NHS bodies and the wider public sector.

More information is available here

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