Public Procurement Made Easy: Frameworks & DPS – Your Essential Guide

4th March 2024

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Public Procurement Made Easy: Frameworks & DPS – Your Essential Guide

Public sector organisations are champions of responsible spending; however, complying with complex procurement regulations can be time-consuming and resource-intensive. Lengthy tendering procedures and extensive paperwork can significantly delay projects and increase costs, potentially hindering critical initiatives and impacting value to the taxpayer. 

Fortunately, solutions such as Frameworks and Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS) can help navigate these challenges efficiently. On the one hand, Frameworks provide instant access to commonly used goods and services through pre-established agreements, eliminating repetitive tendering exercises and saving you valuable time and resources. On the other hand, a DPS offers a dynamic pool of pre-approved vendors, allowing for targeted mini-competitions to find the best fit for your specific project needs, ensuring optimal value and competitive pricing. 

Choosing the right path depends on your project’s unique requirements. Understanding the strengths of each approach can unlock a smoother procurement journey, reduce time and costs, ensure compliance and secure the best value for your organisation. 

Frameworks: Your Procurement Powerhouse

Frameworks are pre-negotiated contractual agreements between organisations and trusted suppliers, outlining terms and conditions for specific goods or services. They eliminate the need for repetitive tendering processes for frequently needed items or services, saving time and resources.

Frameworks offer clients several key benefits:

  • Streamlined Procurement: By establishing a framework, clients can significantly reduce the time and resources involved in the procurement process. Once the framework is in place, subsequent purchases can be made from pre-approved suppliers without repeating lengthy tendering procedures.
  • Cost efficiency: Framework agreements often leverage economies of scale, allowing clients to negotiate favourable pricing and terms with suppliers, resulting in cost savings over individual competition for goods and services.
  • Flexibility: Frameworks allow clients to have flexible access to a diverse range of goods and services from various providers within the framework agreement, enabling clients to adapt quickly and cost-effectively to changes in requirements and market conditions. Some frameworks offer direct award options, providing clients access to compliant, quick, and easy suppliers.
  • Compliance and Governance: Framework agreements typically incorporate robust governance and compliance mechanisms, ensuring procurement activities adhere to relevant standards and guidelines, mitigating the risk of non-compliance and ensuring transparency in the procurement process.

Beyond Frameworks: Dynamic Purchasing

While Frameworks offer a proven path, Dynamic Purchasing Systems provide an alternative approach, offering greater flexibility and tailored solutions for unique projects. 

DPS is an electronic procurement system that assists public sector organisations in purchasing commonly used goods, works, or services.

Offering continuous enrollment, DPS allows suppliers to undertake the evaluation process to join the system at any point in their lifetime, providing a more dynamic and competitive marketplace. Unlike frameworks, DPS does not allow for direct awards. Instead, suppliers compete for individual projects through a transparent bidding process, ensuring you get the best value from a pre-qualified pool of trusted vendors.

Key features and benefits of a DPS include:

  • Open Access and Increased Competition: Unlike traditional framework agreements, a DPS allows for the continuous admission of new suppliers, providing a more dynamic and competitive marketplace for procurement activities and benefiting clients by providing access to a broader range of services and driving the best value for money.
  • Real-Time Procurement: Buyers can invite tenders from registered suppliers quickly and efficiently. This agility is particularly beneficial for time-sensitive projects or those with evolving needs.
  • Transparency and Compliance: A DPS increases transparency and ensures compliance with procurement regulations. The electronic nature of DPS enhances auditability and transparency throughout the procurement lifecycle.

Choosing the right path for seamless and compliant procurement.

Both Frameworks and Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS) offer tangible benefits for efficient and compliant procurement. 

However, the ideal choice depends on project-specific factors and the regulatory environment in which you operate. 

Table: Comparing Frameworks and DPS: Benefits across Key CategoriesTable of client benefits of Frameworks vs DPS

Unlock a smoother procurement journey.

We are proud to be named suppliers on various Frameworks and Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS), offering public sector buyers across different regions a convenient and compliant route to access our services. However, choosing the right procurement route can be complex.

Contact Us to discuss your options whether you need assistance with scrutinising a Framework or DPS, exploring potential solutions, or simply seeking a trusted partner for your procurement journey. We’re here to help you achieve your goals efficiently and compliantly.

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