Last edited 20 Mar 2019

Public contracting authority

A public contracting authority is defined in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 as a public body that is subject to and must comply with those regulations.

It defines a ‘contracting authority’ as ‘…the State, regional or local authorities, bodies governed by public law or associations formed by one or more such authorities or one or more such bodies governed by public law, and includes central government authorities, but does not include Her Majesty in her private capacity.’

The contracting authorities are listed in Schedule 1 of the Regulations, and further classified as ‘central government authorities’:

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