The formal adoption of the Directive can take up to 21 months for the Directive to enter into force in the United Kingdom. In the meantime, the Governance Office, which played an important role in negotiating the provisions of the proposed Directive, will continue to support the use of framework agreements by public authorities and will recommend that new frameworks be allocated and operated on the basis of the procedures set out in the proposal for a Directive. The fact that a contractor, consultant or supplier has entered into a framework agreement does not mean that it necessarily receives part of the procurement contracts of the procuring entity, or even one of them. In addition, a public body is not required to use its executive partners, consultants or suppliers for a particular contract. A public body may continue to organise an open competition for a contract in accordance with the usual procedures of the Official Journal of the European Communities, if it so wishes. Many contracts go through framework contracts. This may be the case for local authorities, groups of universities, the NHS, housing companies or other public sector buyers. Ultimately, the purpose of a framework agreement is to entrust a number of companies with the supply of certain goods or services, often divided into different geographic regions, specialties or project value bands, so that a number of companies can be named in an agreement instead of giving a contract to a supplier. Fewer problems more possibilities – the long-term recurring nature of framework calls has the effect of reducing administrative burdens. The process is optimized. You don`t need to make an offer every time and you have the option to get multiple orders throughout the frame lifecycle.
It depends on whether your organisation or your “class” of organisation is clearly identified as a contracting authority authorised to use it through the call for tenders. . . .