20 June 2002
The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) wants to improve complex public-sector purchases with two new sets of guidelines.
Its Value for Money Evaluation in Complex Procurements guide sets out the broad basis for analysing bids according to factors other than price, such as design and health and safety.
It defines "complex" procurement as the long-term purchase of several products at once, often with a strong service element.
The accompanying Successful Delivery Toolkit is an online or CD-based reference for purchasers to apply best practice to all of their procurement.
The guides follow the House of Commons Treasury select committee's scathing verdict on the OGC's abandoned e-tendering scheme.
It said the OGC's target to make 90 per cent of small transactions electronically had not been thought through and told it to set more realistic targets in future.
• The OGC's guidance is available by phoning 0845 000 4999.