28 August 2017

Irish Government includes GPP in new procurement guidelines

The Irish Government's Office for Government Procurement (OGP) has released new Procurement Guidelines for public authorities, including chapters on Environmental, Social and Labour provisions and interpretations of EU-level GPP guidance. The new edition is the first major update since the 2014 Procurement Directives were introduced, and are intended for use at both the national and local levels and across the Irish public sector.

The guidance includes practical guidance for above-threshold and below-threshold procurements around process, criteria and technical specifications. It also provides template tender documents and signposts to specific guidance different aspects of e.g. procurement law, GPP and Life Cycle Costing.

The Irish State spends €8.5 billion annually on goods and services. The OGP was established in 2014 and operates in four key sectors of Irish public expenditure: Health, Defence, Education and Local Government. In addition, the OGP also has responsibility for procurement policy and procedures for the entire Public Sector.

For more information, visit the Office of Government Procurement website. The guidelines can also be downloaded from the SP Platform Resource Centre.