Professional procurement means linking procurement to your policy aims and budget and focusing on efficiency and quality. All too often, the focus in procurement is still very much on following tendering rules and opting for the lowest price.
Professional procurement/tendering delivers:
The Public Procurement Act (Aanbestedingswet 2012), which entered into force on 1 April 2013, provides a general legal framework for public procurement regulations and implements the European public procurement Directives:
The Public Procurement Act is further detailed in the Public Procurement Decree (Aanbestedingsbesluit) and the Proportionality Guide (Proportionaliteitsgids). Dutch public procurement law recognises the general principles of public procurement law (non-discrimination, transparency and proportionality).
The Dutch government, together with regional and local authorities, wants to stimulate the market for sustainable products. Sustainable public procurement means focussing on the environmental and social impact of procurement as well as the price of the products, services or works in question. The Dutch government have developed criteria and practical instruments to implement Sustainable Procurement within the organisation. PIANOo provides the information mentioned above.
Further details: Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP)
PIANOo, the Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre, was set up to professionalise procurement and tendering in all government departments, with a view to improving efficiency and compliance with the rules. Professional procurement can contribute to successful policy and offers value for taxpayers' money. PIANOo brings procurement and tendering experts together, pools knowledge and experience and provides advice and practical tips. The Expertise Centre also fosters dialogue between public contracting authorities and private sector companies. PIANOo is part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Further details: About PIANOo
TenderNed is the Dutch government's online tendering system. All Dutch authorities are obliged to publish their national and European tenders on Tenderned's announcement platform, so businesses can access all public publications from a single webpage. Through TenderNed, all parties can digitally manage all steps throughout the entire tender process. This is determined by the contracting authority. TenderNed is a certified supplier of the European publication platform Tenders Electronic Daily (TED). TenderNed is a part of PIANOo.