2.6.3 Examples of when Framework Agreements are useful

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Examples of when a framework agreement may be useful include:

Supplies from a single provider

This is used when a framework agreement is required by the contracting authority for the supply of, for example, protective clothing for maintenance staff. Following an open, OJEU, tendering process, one supplier is appointed based on MEAT and the contracting authority (user) calls- off the supply of the clothing for the period of the framework, on the terms agreed. Examples include: specialist building maintenance, road signs, protective clothing, plant & equipment, Banking services

Supplies from several providers

This is used when a framework agreement is required for a number of suppliers, for the supply of, for example, printing services. After an open, OJEU, tendering process the MEAT bids are included on the framework and the contracting authority and the specified users of the framework go to the supplier within the framework whose offer is the most economically advantageous based on the call-off criteria (which are explicitly stated in the framework) required for the particular contract in question. There is no need to go to mini competition. Examples include: Consultancy Services, Advertising, Computer Hard & Software, Printing, Legal Services

Minor works

This is used when a framework is required for a range of services within a number of categories such as building plumbing and electrical works. Variables such as hourly rates and/or call out charges are set under the framework. After an open, OJEU, tendering process the MEAT bids are included on the framework. When a call- off is required a contracting authority and the users go to the supplier within the framework whose offer is the most economically advantageous based on the call- off criteria (which are explicitly stated in the framework) required for the particular contract in question. There is no need to go to mini competition. This type of framework arrangement allows minor reoccurring works to be carried out at short notice. 

Major works

This is used when a framework is required for a major works programme. After an open, OJEU, tendering process the MEAT bids are included on the framework.  When a call- off is required a contracting authority goes to mini competition and bids are invited from all suppliers meeting the requirement for the specific competition.

 


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