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Policy and Legislation

CPD, as the lead NI Procurement Body, supports the Procurement Board which has responsibility for the development, dissemination and co-ordination of public procurement policy and practice for the Northern Ireland public sector.

NI Public Procurement Policy

The Northern Ireland Public Procurement Policy document sets out the policies adopted by the Executive and the organisational structures that have been established to implement them. The document also outlines the 12 Procurement Principles which govern the administration of public procurement.

Related Documents

Procurement Policy Guidance Notes

CPD disseminates advice and guidance to the NI public sector on public procurement policies through the production of Procurement Guidance Notes. The Procurement Guidance Notes advise staff working in the public sector of best practice in public procurement. There are currently 29 Procurement Guidance Notes available on a range of topics.

Collaborative Procurement

CPD has now published the annual update on collaborative procurement (June 2015).

Policy and Legislation for Construction Procurement

This section provides guidance on procurement policy matters specifically relating to construction works and services contracts, including:

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

From 1st April 2016, CPD and the Centres of Procurement Expertise (CoPEs) will require NI public sector construction projects, procured centrally through a Centre of Procurement Expertise (CoPE), with an estimated cost greater than the EU threshold (approximately £4.35) million to be delivered to BIM Maturity Level 2 where there is potential for efficiency savings.

The use of BIM in the delivery and operation of an asset has the potential to generate significant benefits to the employer throughout the lifecycle of the asset.

Best practice guidance note on safely using and buying freight, taxi and coach services

CPD has provided a guidance note to help people in the public sector to buy and safely manage their arrangements for providing freight and passenger services, including taxis and coaches, to public sector organisations.

Best Value for Money (Revised Definition - April 2011)

The revised definition of Best Value for Money, approved by the Procurement Board at its meeting in November 2010 and endorsed by the Executive on 22 March 2011 is:

“the most advantageous combination of cost, quality and sustainability to meet customer requirements.”

In this context, cost means consideration of the whole life cost; quality means meeting a specification which is fit for purpose and sufficient to meet the customer’s requirements; and sustainability means economic, social and environmental benefits, considered in the business case, in support of the Programme for Government.


CPD and the Centres of Procurement Expertise (CoPEs) have a key role to play in the drive towards Sustainable Development by assisting the Northern Ireland Public Sector to embed sustainable development considerations into its spending and investment decisions

Innovation and Public Procurement

Public procurement is a key driver for innovation particularly in the manufacturing and construction industries and generally in relation to the achievement of sustainable development. For further information and to download innovation guides, please go to our Innovation and Public Procurement page.

EU Directives and UK Procurement Legislation

Procurement law is driven by European directives, which are implemented in NI through regulations, including the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The regulations apply to all public bodies which are largely owned, managed or financed through public funds. This includes government departments and their agencies, non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), hospitals and health sector purchasers, housing associations, education boards and institutions, various non-government organisations and district councils.

EC Procurement Thresholds

  • EC Procurement Thresholds. .
    The EU Procurement Rules apply to public authorities (including, amongst others, Government departments, local authorities and NHS Authorities and Trusts) and certain utility companies operating in the Energy, Water, Transport and Telecoms sectors. The rules set out detailed procedures for the award of contracts whose value equals or exceeds specific thresholds.