20 September 2001
The government's central procurement advisory agency is to introduce a code of practice for suppliers in an attempt to raise the standards of bids and quality of service.
Peter Gershon, chief executive of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), told delegates at the Public Procurement: Global Revolution II conference at the University of Nottingham that the code would highlight government purchasers' expectations of suppliers.
"We are seeing increasing evidence that suppliers are being deterred by the costs and timescales of public-sector procurement," he said. "This results in some existing suppliers being less active in the market, and taxpayers and public-sector clients are the principal losers."
Gershon also said that the OGC's e-tendering pilot, which runs until the end of November, has had 30 submissions from suppliers to date.
Contracts will soon be awarded for an accompanying pilot project to e-tendering that will involve four areas of e-procurement applications, including reverse auctions, he said.