Regulations have been made to extend the changes to the public procurement rules made because of the Australia and New Zealand free trade agreements to Wales. We explained these changes in our blog on the English Regulations. In summary, these amendments are:
- to provide that where the value of a procurement cannot be estimated it is treated as being 'above threshold';
- to remove the possibility of using a PIN as a call for competition; and
- providing that a contract cannot be terminated in a way that circumvents Regulation 18 PCR 2015 (equal treatment, non-discrimination, and not designing a procurement to avoid the need to tender or artificially to narrow competition).
These changes come into effect in Wales on 26 May 2023
Procurement rule changes from New Zealand and Australia trade agreements now extended to Wales