Guidance

Guidance on the local procurement of external auditors for NHS trusts and CCGs. Under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, NHS trusts and CCGs must select and appoint their own auditors and directly manage their contracts for the audits for the financial year starting on 1 April 2017. This guidance is to assist NHS trusts and CCGs with their initial audit appointments. It sets out the legal requirements, National Audit Office’s code of audit practice and auditor’s eligibility, a core specification for audit services, and advice on options for procurement and use of frameworks.

Legislation

Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/273). These regulations, which come into force on 18 April 2016, implement the new Concession Contracts Directive 2014/23, which provides rules for the award of concession contracts above certain thresholds by public authorities and utilities. They regulations also implement the Remedies Directives 89/665 and 92/13 so far as they apply to remedies and review procedures for the procurement of concession contracts. Together with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/102) and the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/274), they form a package of measures to improve public procurement processes. 

See also the Crown Commercial Service's Procurement Policy Note 02/16 that announces the new regulations and explains when they come into force.

Bevan Brittan Publications

New procurement regulations published - Emily Heard. The Government has published the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 and the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, implementing the Concession Contracts Directive 2014/23 and the Utilities Contracts Directive 2014/25 respectively

Classification of NHS bodies for the purposes of the EU procurement rules: Are CCGs sub-central authorities? - Emily Heard. The correct classification of contracting authorities under the EU procurement rules is important for two main reasons.