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CEN proposal for the creation of a new technical committee “Public Procurement”

CEN proposal for the creation of a new technical committee “Public Procurement”


CEN proposal for the creation of a new technical committee “Public Procurement”


The national standards body of Sweden  (SIS)  submitted a proposal to CЕN for the creation of a new Technical Committee (TC) „Public Procurementˮ.


Scope: Development of standards in the area of public procurement. The TC is responsible for the standardization, which consists of the development of one specific standard focusing on integrity and accountability and addressing contracting entities for procurement operations. The TC is responsible for exploring the need to standardize Public Procurement’s general concepts, terms and definitions, best practices and/or guides for procurement process


The proposed standard should specify:


  • an integrity and accountability policy of the contracting entity;
  • an integrity risk management strategy of the contracting entity;
  • an internal code of conduct for staff involved in procurement operations;
  • an integrity commitment mechanism (ICM) between the contracting entity and the tenderers/suppliers;
  • systems for managing procurement data and measuring the performance and quality of procurement operations at the level of contracting entities.


Proposed initial programme of work: The initial proposed work item is a standard for integrity and accountability in public procurement. Integrity and accountability are key prerequisites for an efficient and sound public procurement system. Any compromises lead to higher costs for society and generate a negative impact on efficiency and “value for money” in the delivery of public services. Still, fraudulent and deceptive practices are regrettably common features in public procurement, globally, and no country, including the member states of the European Union, have escaped the incidence of such practices.


For more information about the proposal see: here


The national stakeholders can provide their position on the proposal for this new field of CEN technical activity by 08.12.2018 to Desislava Gulenova, e-mail:, тел.: +359 2 81 74 581.

25 Oct 2018