Revised guidance on competitive dialogue launched

8 June 2008

9 June 2008 | Jake Kanter

The OGC and Treasury have published updated guidance on competitive dialogue with the aim of giving buyers practical advice on complex procurement projects.

The latest measures are an extension of guidelines introduced in 2006 and draw on experience from purchasers who have used the process on previous projects.

The OGC and Treasury hope the advice will help reduce time and costs and encourage innovation among suppliers. Sally Collier, executive director of policy, standards and capability at the OGC, said the review will "help all parties to use competitive dialogue to the best effect in the most efficient way possible".

The CBI said this month the potential for competitive dialogue to produce innovative and efficient results has not yet been realised (News, June 5).

James Fothergill, head of public procurement for the CBI, said the revised guidance would ensure buyers publish well-prepared bids and handle dialogue with vendors sensitively.

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