EU Procurement Services

Achilles EU Services Teams in the UK and Ireland have a deep understanding of the practical implications of the EU procurement rules and regulations. Our experts understand the complexities and the risks of getting it wrong.

Working closely with both Public Sector and Utilities, we understand how most organisations need quick, comprehensive and accurate advice. That’s why we offer a range of services to help you:

  • THEMiS –  your own online procurement toolkit with guidance, a library of consolidated legislation, summarised court cases and guidance from government bodies, “Ask Achilles” function, Notice and more
  • Training delivered by one of our experienced team members either via open-route or in-house to help keep you up-to-date with changes to the legislation
  • Consultancy services to provide specialist advice as and when you need it.
  • THEMiS

  • Training

  • Consultancy

  • THEMiS

    THEMiS is an EU procurement legislation toolkit, which helps you to:

    • Comply with the complex requirements of the EU and other international procurement legislation easily.
    • Keep you up-to-date with changes to the rules with ease
    • Send OJEU notices to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

    The system is supported by experts in the field of EU procurement legislations:

    • Professor Sue Arrowsmith, Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy at the University of Nottingham, who writes UK Court case summaries specifically for procurement specialist noting the facts of a case, summary of a case and then a judgment
    • Patrick McGovern of Arthur Cox writes Irish Court case summaries
    • Liz Wilson-Lamb, EU Services Manager, Achilles UK
    • Kathrine Pucci, EU Trainer and Advisor, Achilles UK
    • Debbie Metcalfe (LLM, MSc, MCIPS), EU Trainer and Advisor, Achilles UK
    • Steve Kay (MCIPS), EU Trainer and Advisor, Achilles UK
    • Emily Strange, Achilles Product Manager for THEMiS
    • Lionel McCarthy, Managing Director, Achilles Ireland
  • Irish Service Options

    THEMiS has three service options available – THEMiS Platinum, THEMiS Gold and THEMiS Premium – and is a subscription-based online system allowing you to buy multiple licences and have access to a consultancy retainer.

    1. Platinum – 20 hours of support and 48 hour response to EU queries and full  access to the system 
    2. Gold – 10 hours of support and 48 hour response to EU queries and full access to the system  
    3. Premium –  THEMiS access only.
    Note: longer duration support arrangements can be offered ranging up to 100 hours.
  • UK Service Options

    THEMiS has three service options available – THEMiS Platinum, THEMiS Premium and THEMiS Standard – and is a subscription-based online system allowing you to buy 1 licence, 2 licences, 5 licences or a company licence.

    1. Platinum – 7 working hour response to your EU questions and full access to the system.
    2. Premium – 48 hours response to your EU questions and full access to the system.
    3.  Standard – Notice suite only.

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We are a leading provider of procurement related training in to the Public Sector and Utilities in Ireland and the UK.

Our training courses are focused on the needs of the procurement professionals with trainers delivering interactive workshops, seminars and conferences that use a mixture of slides, case study exercises and discussion points to provide a “real” understanding of how EU rules fit with regulated procurement.

Our course material is regularly updated to take into account the changes in the procurement rules at National and European level and the impact of recent European Court decisions.

Achilles offers a range of courses which can be delivered via an open or in-house route. We can also develop and deliver in-house programmes on a modular basis.

In the UK, all courses have Lawyers Regulatory Authority CPD points. Visit our events pages for our current EU training courses and conferences dates.

Achilles EU Academy (UK)

Achilles EU Academy, with Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) CPD points' accreditation, established a common understanding of the principles and objectives of EU legislation. Made up of 6 modules for Public Sector and 5 modules for utilities starting from first principles the modules examine in a practical way the compliant approach to advertising contracts, selecting suppliers and awarding contracts.

The Academy can be run in house or alternatively, an open Academy is offered 3 times a year. We are also happy for organisations to collaborate.

Certificate Courses in Ireland

Achilles, in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration, run two UCD Accredited programmes:

Certificate in Public Procurement – now operating as a 10-day practical programme for procurement personnel involved in awarding contracts, with over 25 courses successfully ran to date.

Diploma in Public Procurement – this 10 day programme is designed as a follow on to the Certificate and is specifically for decision makers, budget holders and procurement managers and those involved in strategic procurement initiatives.

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EU procurement rules are complex. Achilles EU Services can provide you experts within the field of EU procurement legislation that are available as and when you need them. Our consultancy service is offered in many forms, depending on a company’s individual requirements:

  • Annual retainer that gives you the flexibility to ask and receive advice as and when required
  • Case by case at an hourly rate at your or clients offices
  • As part of THEMiS “Ask Achilles” function. There is no limit to the number of questions you can ask.

Our teams have direct experience of working with a wide range of public sector organisations including Utilities, Government Departments, Government Agencies, Local Authorities, Universities and 3rd Level Institutes and Health Boards.
Achilles can offer consultancy in the following areas:

  • Public procurement issues in general relating to Directives 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU in addition to the Remedies legislation
  • Drafting of PINs, Calls for Competition, Qualification System Notices and Award Notices
  • Using eTenders and other “e” sending systems
  • Selection of contract award procedures and the merits and justifications for using competitive dialogue and negotiation
  • Use of precedents in problem solving
  • Qualification and selection criteria
  • Exclusions and exemptions
  • Award Criteria and Weightings
  • Tender evaluations
  • Extensions of existing contracts
  • Developing appropriate procurement procedures to comply with National and EU requirements
  • Relationships with suppliers
  • Debriefing of suppliers
  • Procurement Audits
  • Benchmarking
  • Full contract management
  • Drafting  procurement policies and procedures
  • Establishing and resourcing a procurement function.