EU Public Procurement Thresholds 2018

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On 1 January 2018, new EU public procurement thresholds were introduced.

If you work with public sector bodies, then it is essential that you are aware of the new value thresholds.

Find out more below or download our EU Procurement Thresholds 2018 now.

What organisations must follow these thresholds?

The new thresholds apply to the following types of contracting authorities, as defined by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015:

  • Central Government departments (and their Executive Agencies)
  • Non-Departmental Public Bodies
  • Executive Agencies
  • Wider public sector organisations

Buyers for all types of contracting authority must ensure that all contract notices for procurement valued above EU thresholds are published throughout the EU via the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

Note: Changes from the 2016-17 thresholds are indicated in red below.

The Public Contracts Regulations

The European Public Contracts Directive is transposed into UK law by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the Procurement (Scotland) Regulations 2015. It governs the procurement activities of public sector bodies including government departments, local authorities and NHS Trusts.

Public Contracts Regulations 2015

Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015

Supplies and Service Contracts Works Contracts Social and other specific services
Central Government* £118,133|€144,000 £4,551,413|€5,548,000 £615,278|€750,000
Other public sector contracting authorities £181,302|€221,000 £4,551,413|€5,548,000 £615,278|€750,000
Small Lots £65,630|€80,000 £820,370|€1,000,000 N/A

The Defence & Security Regulations 2011 currently apply to entities operating in the fields of defence and security. The specialised nature of the market means that specific thresholds have been created for this sector.

Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations (2011)

Supplies and Service Contracts Works Contracts
All Sectors £363,424|€443,000 £4,551,413|€5,548,000
Small Lots £65,630|€80,000 £820,370|€1,000,000

The Defence & Security Public Contracts Regulations* and Entities listed in Schedule 1 PCR 2015 & PCR(S) 2015.

The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 and Utilities Contracts Regulations (Scotland) 2016 apply to certain utility companies operating in the energy, water, and transport sectors.

Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016

Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016

Supplies and Service Contracts Works Contracts
All Sectors £363,424|€443,000 £4,551,413|€5,548,000
Small Lots £65,630|€80,000 £820,370|€1,000,000

Concessions Contracts Regulations 2016

Concessions Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016
Service Contracts Works Contracts
All Sectors £4,551,413|€5,548,000 £4,551,413|€5,548,000

The Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 and Concession Contracts Regulations (Scotland) 2016 govern contracts under which a contracting authority or utility outsources works or services to a company which has the right to commercially exploit the works or services to recoup its investment and make a return.

How long will these thresholds be in place?

The new OJEU procurement thresholds launched on 1 January 2018, and will be in place until 31 December 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the new thresholds, contact the Crown Commercial Service Helpdesk (0345 010 3503).

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