The Public Contract Regulations (2015) were introduced 26 February 2015, signalling a major change to the means to which statutory organisations are required to procure social and other specific services “to the person”. The new Regulations now require such services contracts with values over the EU threshold of €750,000 (£589,146) to be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
In response to this legislative change, Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI) organisations have requested the Business Services Organisation, Procurement and Logistics Service, as their centre of procurement expertise to undertake procurement activities on their behalf for services “to the person” with contract values in excess of the EU threshold.
In support of this development BSO (PaLS) have established a Social Care Procurement Implementation Project Board with membership from a cross-section of HSCNI bodies, to oversee the implementation of Social Care Procurement for service contracts “to the person”. A key element of the project plan is stakeholder engagement to ensure full awareness of the implementation of procurement activities for these service contracts.
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