Policy and Standards framework

Welcome to the Policy and Standards Framework, an online portal to guide you through the key principles and processes of public sector commercial activity, covering procurement, project and programme management, and estate management. The Framework helps you understand what to do and how to do it; setting out the requirements of current legislation and Government Policy, together with the latest emerging best practice and step by step guidance on buying within particular categories of goods and services. The Framework is an evolving resource for all those involved in commercial activity across the public sector - make sure you bookmark this page and visit regularly to keep abreast of the latest developments. If you'd like to provide feedback on any of the content we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us.

Introduction and New Developments The Legal Framework

Introduction to Public Procurement (PDF, 994KB) is a guidance document which sets out the key concepts and principles of good procurement and is intended for senior officials with limited experience of public procurement. Update: 30/7/2010- this document is currently being reviewed, but may still be accessed in the interim.



Legal Framework 

In this section you'll find a detailed explanation of the legal framework you must work within. Update: 30/7/2010- The information within this section is still current, unless otherwise stated and should still be followed. 

Key Policy Principles and Supporting Guidance How to Buy Guide and Practical Guidance

Key Policy Principles 

In this section you'll find the key policies you must adhere to. Update: 30/7/2010 Some of the policies within this section are under review, please refer to the individual policy page for information.  

These can be broadly divided into two sections:

Key commercial policies underpinning public sector procurement:

Delivering Policy through Procurement goals:


Update: 30/7/2010- The guidance and tools within this section are still current, unless otherwise stated, and may still be used.

How to Select Suppliers

A Guide to Buying Through Framework Agreements 

How to Buy Guide 

In this section you'll find step-by-step journeys which include:


Along with Practical Guidance and templates: