What are they?
Procurement Thresholds establish different regulations for procurement contracts depending on their monetary value. Aside from thresholds, in some national and regional procurement frameworks there are specific regulations for certain categories of spend or types of public bodies.
How do they relate to SPP?
Procurement frameworks often establish financial thresholds where tenders that fall under the threshold are subject to more flexible regulation. If this is the case, under-threshold contracts could offer more scope to implement SPP practices.
Sectors with Distinct Regulation
Identifying whether distinct regulation applies for certain sectors or public agencies can be useful when deciding how and where to introduce SPP practices. In some cases, there might be sectors where regulation is less strict, which can facilitate SPP implementation. For example, in the EU, certain health, social and education service contracts fall under what is called the “Light Touch Regime (LTR)” and are subject to a distinct set of rules that are less strict than in other categories.
- Whether there is special guidance for conducting below threshold procurement and how much autonomy is given to individual authorities to conduct this type of procurement.
- Bilateral Free Trade Agreements that establish specific conditions for certain procurement categories. This can include, for example, specific conditions for foreign suppliers, or threshold-related regulations in specific procurement categories.