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Applying the public procurement regulations


Applying the public procurement regulations 

7 CPD HoursA more in-depth look at EU procurement legislation and the impact of procurement decision making and approaches

By the end of this course you will be able to:
Build an in-depth working knowledge of the main EU procurement procedures, including competitive dialogue 
Demonstrate essential knowledge and skills sets in areas such as:
o early market engagement - how to do it effectively and lawfully
o when and how negotiation is either permitted or unlawful 
o how to manage Freedom of Information requests and legal challenges
Understand how markets are engaged and stimulated prior to OJEU 
Apply EU tendering practice effectively
Help your organisation to avoid legal challenge and maintain regulatory compliance

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the key UK and EU procurement legislation in greater detail and how to operate within its framework
  • Demonstrate greater knowledge of how to implement advanced procurement procedures
  • Understand the most recent changes in legislation and case law
  • Effectively address legal challenges


Early bird booking and course package offers available - see 'fee' tab for details.

Date: Thursday 27 September 2018
Venue: Radisson Blu Edinburgh
Fee: Members - £324.00 per person
  Non-members - £360.00 per person


15 Places left - Booking ends on Wednesday 19 September 2018


Is is right for me?


Building upon the Introduction to public sector procurement, this course examines UK and EU legislation in finer detail with emphasis on recent legislative changes and case law.  It will also look at advanced procurement procedures governed by EU rules, taking account of the sustainability agenda, as well as avoiding some common regulatory pitfalls.  It is suitable for experienced public procurers who wish to further their knowledge in this area.


Principles of the EU Treaty and statutory requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations
o Scope of the ‘rules’ and potential areas of derogation
o Development of compliant specifications and variant bids
o Early market engagement - how to do it effectively and lawfully
The four main procurement procedures (open, restricted, negotiated and competitive dialogue)
o When and how negotiation is either permitted or unlawful
o Managing complex framework agreements
o Applications of recent Cabinet Office guidance
Selection and award decisions - implications of recent case law
o Managing supplier dialogues successfully
Procedures for debriefing, standstill, remedies and award
o Avoiding legal challenge and achieving commercial success

o Managing Freedom of Information requests and legal challenges


What key points will the training cover?


  • Principles of the EU Treaties and statutory requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015
  • The main procurement procedures including competitive dialogue and innvovation partnerships
  • Tender selection and award decisions, with an examination of Social Value and the sustainability agenda
  • Avoiding legal challenges and managing Freedom of Information requests


CIPS Direct Associates are appointed for their extensive knowledge and experience in the procurement and supply sector.  The tutor for this course has been specially selected for their particular skills and expertise in the subject area.  This is a crucial part of CIPS' ongoing commitment to ensure all of our delegates have a high-quality, informative and enjoyable learning experience.


Members: £360 (excl. VAT)

Non-members: £400 (excl. VAT)


Early bird booking:
Make your booking early and receive a 10% discount on the standard price (above).

Conditions apply.  See 'venue' tab for individual closing dates.


Fee includes:

Lunch, refreshments and all course materials


Inclusive e-learning:

Procurement in different sectors



Book this course with Introduction to public sector procurement or The future of public procurement
£540 + VAT for CIPS members or £600 + VAT for non-members.

Book all three courses
£810 + VAT for CIPS members or £900 + VAT for non-members.


27 September 2018
Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh
(Early bird closing date: 27 July 2018)


21 November 2018
Novotel Wembley, London
(Early bird closing date: 21 September 2018)


If you require accommodation for the night before this event, please contact the CIPS Accommodation Line on +44 (0)1780 484052.  All accounts must be settled in full on departure from the venue.

If your query is regarding course details (content, timings, costs, etc.), please contact ukskills@cips.org or call +44 (0)1780 761476.

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