GPAR 2021 published. Is anything changing?
The Public Procurement (Agreement on Government Procurement) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/573) (GPAR 2021) have been published and will come into force on 11 June 2021.
Although the GPAR 2021 amends the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 and the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, it does not make any significant changes to the current public procurement rules.
The effect of the amendment is to clarify that the UK has acceded to the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) in its own right, and to update the obligations upon UK contracting authorities in respect of international agreements (which previously the UK was bound by virtue of being a member of the EU).
Hempsons’ specialist procurement team can advise you on the issues raised by the GPAR 2021 or any other procurement issues.