General Procurement Guidance

Guidance on various aspects of public procurement, including guidelines on national and EU public procurement procedures. Click on one of the items below.

1. Public Procurement Guidelines - Competitive Process

2004 Guidelines on conducting an appropriate competitive process under national rules and revised EU public procurement Directives. These largely replace the provisions of the 1994 Guidelines [Green Book]. A hardcopy version is available on request from procure@finance.gov.ie.

1. Public Procurement Guidelines - Competitive Process

2. Capital Works Management Framework

Capital Works Management Framework can be found on the Construction Procurement website under the following link: http://www.constructionprocurement.gov.ie

2 . Capital Works Management Framework

3. EU Thresholds 2014/2015

Thresholds (exclusive of VAT) above which advertising of contracts in the Official Journal of the EU is obligatory, applicable from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015

3. EU Thresholds 2014/2015

4. Guidance on Framework Agreements

The guidance outlines the procedures for establishing frameworks, types of frameworks (single supplier, multiple suppliers) and procedure for award of contracts based on frameworks.

4. Guidance on Framework Agreements

5. Guidelines on Use of Generic ICT Specifications

Guidelines for contracting authorities on the use of generic specifications for ICT contracts. This has been the subject of discussion, correspondence and EU investigation. These guidelines may be expanded or modified in the light of any further developments.

5. Guidelines on Use of Generic ICT Specifications

6. Guidelines for the Engagement of Consultants by the Civil Service

The purpose of these guidelines is to help government departments, offices and agencies (herein after "the contracting authority") to engage external support, whether consultants, contractors or external service provider

6. Guidelines for the Engagement of Consultants by the Civil Service

7. "Quigley Report" Guidance

Guidance arising from recommendations in the "Quigley Report" on procurement procedures used for engaging certain public relations services in the Office of Public Works and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in 2001 and 2002.

7. "Quigley Report" Guidance 

8. Capital Appraisal Guidelines

2005 Capital Appraisal Guidelines for the evaluation, approval and management of capital expenditure, particularly within the context of the new multi-annual investment framework announced in Budget 2004.

8. Capital Appraisal Guidelines

9. Guidance Note on engaging Advertising, Public Relations and Creative Design Services

Guidance for public bodies on an approach to engaging advertising and creative design services.

9. Guidance Note on engaging Advertising, Public Relations and Creative Design Services

10. Ethics in Public Procurement

General guidance to assist public sector buyers to conduct purchasing in a way that satisfies probity and accountability requirements. This is a PDF version.

10. Ethics in Public Procurement

11. EU Public Procurement Directives link

Directives can be viewed or downloaded.

11. EU Public Procurement Directives link

12. Department of Finance Circular 40/02

Procedures for the approval of certain contracts in the central government sector.

12. Department of Finance Circular 40/02

12a. Department of Finance Circular 40/02 - Annual Report Template

Template for recording the approval of certain contracts in the central government sector.

12a. Annual Report Template

13. "Buying Green" Handbook

"Buying Green!", a handbook on environmental public procurement which includes details of many interesting initiatives throughout the EU that stimulate green public procurement and practical information to help public authorities successfully in launching a green purchasing policy. 

The Second Edition of the Green Book is available at:-
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/buying_handbook_en.htm

13. "Buying Green" Handbook

14. Environmental Considerations in Public Procurement

Guidance and clarification for public bodies on how environmental considerations may be taken into account and promoted in public procurement. Produced by the Government Contracts Committee in February 2004, this is a PDF version.

14. Environmental Considerations in Public Procurement 

15. Quick Guide to eAuctions

This is a PDF version of a quick guide to electronic auctions, in question and answer format. For further information, email eproc@finance.gov.ie.

15. Quick Guide to eAuctions 

16. Public Procurement Checklist

This document provides a basic checklist covering the steps in a normal procurement cycle, from identifying and specifying a need to awarding a contract. It is particularly useful for anyone who is new to procurement or buys infrequently. You can 'tick off' each step as it is completed. 

16. Public Procurement Checklist

17. Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions on public procurement. 

17. Frequently Asked Questions

18. Green Public Procurement in Europe

Green Public Procurement in Europe - A letter from the EU commission. 

18. Green Public Procurement in Europe

19. Guide to Public Sector Aggregation in Ireland

Guide to Public Sector Aggregation in Ireland developed to help procurers who want to put in place arrangements for the aggregation of demand of goods and services by public sector bodies. 

19. Guide to Public Sector Aggregation in Ireland

20. Framework For Corporate Plans Consultancy: Users Guide 2008

Framework of Consultancy Services to Assist Public Bodies in the Development and Implementation of Corporate Procurement Plans. This replaces the previous Word/HTML documents published in 2006.

20. Framework For Corporate Plans Consultancy: Users Guide 2008

21. Market Supply Analysis - Guidance Note

Effective and efficient procurement policies, procedures and practices in contracting authorities can have a significant impact on obtaining value for money in the purchase of goods and services by the State.

21. Market Supply Analysis - Guidance Note 

22. European Court of Justice Case Law & other Legal Opinion

This is a list of, and links to, ECJ cases and other legal opinions related to public procurement. The list is intended to provide general information and guidance to participants in the public procurement market and NPPPU summaries or comments are not a definitive legal interpretation of any provisions. The NPPPU does not accept responsibility or liability for errors or omissions.

22. European Court of Justice Case Law & other Legal Opinion

23. Buying Innovation: The 10 Step Guide to SMART Procurement and SME Access to Public Contracts

The 10 Step Guide is designed to stimulate innovative business activity in Ireland, while improving the delivery and efficiencies of public sector goods and services. It also identifies a number of actions to be taken to break down barriers and facilitate improved access for SMEs to public contracts. The guide is for all officials in all public sector organisations involved in public procurement, both users and purchasers.

23. Buying Innovation: The 10 Step Guide to SMART Procurement and SME Access to Public Contracts

24. Circular 10/14 & Guidance on measures to faciliate participation of SMEs in public procurement

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Circular 10/14: Facilitating SME Participation in Public Procurement & Guidance for Public Contracting Authorities.

24. Circular 10/14 & Guidance on measures to facilitate participation of SMEs in public procurement 

25. Green Tenders - An Action Plan on Green Public Procurement

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan, T.D., and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin, T.D., recently launched Ireland’s first Green Public Procurement Action Plan, Green Tenders.
The overall objective of Green Tenders is to assist public authorities to successfully plan and implement green public procurement (GPP).

25. Green Tenders - An Action Plan on Green Public Procurement