last updated: 12th February 2015

This section contains an overview of a number of keys areas that impact on procurement on a daily basis. The material here is presented as guidance and it is recommended that if you have any specific concerns that you speak to your Head of Procurement in the first instance who, if appropriate, will seek further advice from the institution’s legal advisors.

Some areas are evolving quickly and where there is a specialist working group within the sector, links are provided. From these sites you will be able to access the latest available information.

Currently, there is information available here on

  • Contract law - an overview to give an understanding of how contracts are formed, the obligations placed on the parties to the contract and the rights of redress should something go wrong.
  • Equality and Race relations - there is an obligation on the sector to ensure that it deals with suppliers who comply with current legislation. This section provides links to the latest material available within the sector.
  • EU public procurement legislation - all procurements valued above specific thresholds must comply with this legislation, however, there is a requirement that all the institutions procurement activities follow the principles of the legislation which aims to ensure fairness of treatment of potential suppliers and the award of public sector contracts in a fair, open and transparent manner.
  • Freedom for Information - The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities.  Members of the public are entitled to request information from colleges regarding their procurement activity.
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act - and associated legislation places criminal law duties upon all parties involved across all aspects of procurement and commissioning in commercial and public services.
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) aims to minimise the impacts of electrical and electronic equipment on the environment during their life times and when they become waste. It applies to a huge spectrum of products. It encourages and sets criteria for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
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