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WEBINAR: FAQs in relation to COVID-19 and Direct Award of Contracts

WEBINAR: FAQs in relation to COVID-19 and Direct Award of Contracts

9 - 9 Apr 2020 - Online

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In these unparalleled times, Public Sector Authorities more than ever need to be aware of the provisions for direct award of services and supplies to meet swiftly and efficiently the pressures and demands of continuity of supply to help meet organisational and public needs.

The Cabinet Office has published a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 01/20 that advises and clarifies a range of legitimate options that affords Contracting Authorities to make direct award of contracts via Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015).

Join us for this webinar designed to provide you with a practical approach to compliantly direct award contracts under the EU regulatory framework of procurement rules. Direct award of contracts is high risk and the courts approach is of a strict interpretation of the law.

About our speaker

Debbie Metcalfe is a Senior Procurement consultant and trainer at Achilles Information Limited. Debbie is responsible for delivering EU Procurement training, advice and guidance in both the Public and Utility Sectors, focusing on a delivery programme of both bespoke in-house and open EU training courses.
She has worked in several large NHS Trust in the West Midlands and for two NHS Group Purchasing Organisations at a senior level for over 15 years, having the experience of procuring products and complex multi-million pound services for over 90 NHS Trusts’ in the North West, West Midlands and North Central London.

Why attend?

This webinar will enable delegates to understand how and when legal direct award of contracts can be made and the practical process that should be undertaken to ensure the procurement rules are not violated.


  • Introduction
  • Direct Award via Framework Agreements
  • Direct Award via Dynamic Purchasing Systems
  • Direct Award via Extreme Urgency
  • Modifications to Existing Contracts
  • Accelerated Open Procedure
  • Changing Procurements to Take Account of COVID-19
  • Ineffectiveness
  • Questions and Answers


Free of charge.

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