The Office of Government Procurement regularly publishes information notes as part of Strand 5 of the National Public Procurement Framework. It should be noted that these documents will be subject to amendment and review periodically and the most up to date version will be published on this website. These notes are not intended as legal advice or a legal interpretation of Irish or EU law on public procurement.

Information Note on Incorporating Social Considerations into Public Procurement

The Government is keen to explore the scope for the inclusion of social considerations in public contracts where they are suited to the objective of the contract and would have the greatest impact. The purpose of this Note is to help policy makers and practitioners understand how procurement can be used to facilitate the advancement of existing social policy objectives as well as the wider context and implications of including them in particular procurement projects. There are a wide range of policy areas which come under the heading of social considerations including: environmental sustainability, disability access, training for young or disadvantaged people. The OGP cannot decide for other contracting authorities or at a whole-of-Government level what social considerations should be included in the frameworks and contracts that it puts in place on their behalf. However, it can help facilitate the process of incorporating those objectives, once agreed, into planned procurement projects.

Social Considerations Information Note

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The GDPR will apply from 25 May 2018. It aims to protect the privacy of all EU citizens and prevent data breaches. It will apply to any public or private organisation processing personal data. Established key principles of data privacy remain relevant in the new data protection legislation but there are also a number of changes that will affect commercial arrangements, both new and existing, with suppliers. The purpose of this information note is to advise public bodies/contracting authorities of the implications of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for public procurement and the actions they may consider taking in respect of existing and future contracts in this regard.

OGP Information Note on GDPR

Concessions Directive

The Concessions Directive is a new procurement regime introduced in 2014. It provides for a distinct set of procurement rules in respect of large-scale complex contracts most often occurring in the infrastructural development sector. As such, it has limited applicability in an Irish context and the standard procurement regime for public contracts as set out in the Classic Directive will continue to apply as the default procurement regime.

The short introductory note on the Concessions Directive explains the context of the new Concessions regime. For anyone requiring further guidance on the use or form of Concessions contracts, an Information Note on the Application of the Concessions Directive is also provided.

Information Note on the Concessions Directive

Information Note Application of Concessions Contracts