Most public authorities at some stage will engage in a tendering process as it seeks to procure goods and services from a private organisation. Public procurement can be defined as the acquisition, whether under formal contract or not, of works, supplies and services by public bodies. It ranges from the purchase of routine supplies or services to formal tendering and placing contracts for large infrastructural projects by a wide and diverse range of authorities. 

The purpose of this document is to provide a reference source with relevant, clear and objective information for public authorities, emergency service organisations, PSAP management, the vendor/supplier community and any such stakeholder who are involved in the tendering process. The document intends to provide such information is written for the purposes of the emergency service community but many of the reference materials are applicable from general procurement rules. 

To read the 'Managing the Tendering Process' document please click here.