As noted above, the DSPCR complements the contractual terms of a framework in certain circumstances: 4). They should not enter into framework agreements longer than seven years, except in exceptional cases. Regulation 20, paragraph 10, stipulates that a framework agreement must not exceed seven years (note: under the Public Procurement Regulation (PCR) 2015, a framework agreement must not exceed four years, except in exceptional circumstances that you must properly justify. a. the nature of the purchases; b. the expected volume of purchases; and c. the ability to define the essential terms of the contract with sufficient precision until the requirements of the framework agreement are terminated. To select suppliers for the framework agreement, you must apply the attribution criteria set out in Regulation 31 (contracting criteria) as well as for other contracts (see Chapter 16 – Tender Implementation). They should record the method used to calculate the estimated total value (excluding VAT) of the framework agreement. Small deviations from the estimated and advertised value are unlikely to lead to a successful challenge. However, if the actual value of the contracts or tasks awarded in the framework contract exceeds the estimate of a material amount, i.e. an amount that could have resulted in a supplier`s decision or a supplier`s offer, the framework agreement itself or the missions entrusted to it could be called into question.
The DPS Marketplace provides access to all purchases made by Crown Commercial Service with a dynamic purchasing system. Buyers can access framework agreements that meet common procurement requirements across government. 14). They must first check whether a framework agreement is the most appropriate method for purchasing certain goods, works or services. This will be a value-for-money judgment taking into account: 15). Regulation 20 applies to the creation of a framework agreement, unless 34. While the DSPCR allows for the application of negotiated and competitive dialogue procedures to establish a framework agreement, if you are considering the application of these procedures, you should check whether a framework agreement is appropriate, taking into account the complexity or any other nature of the specific provisions or tasks to be performed under this agreement. 4) A framework agreement allows the framework agreement to award contracts or tasks to participating and pre-assessed suppliers, without having to make full purchases on each order or assignment.