Collaborative procurement: taking advantage of another authority's contract
A note considering how a contracting authority under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 can utilise a contract awarded by a central purchasing body. The note considers the three main possibilities:
- Awarding a call-off contract under a framework agreement.
- Entering into a separate contract directly with the central purchasing body's supplier.
- Entering into a contract with the central purchasing body, who will then subcontract the provision of the services.
The note considers the legal issues involved in these three options and also the circumstances when it may be appropriate to use them.