T. Establishing & Operating Framework Agreements
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T. Establishing & Operating Framework Agreements

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T. Establishing & Operating Framework Agreements


About this course

  • November 17th – (Tuesday) – 1 day (Limerick)

This programme will give experienced procurement professionals a fuller understanding of when and how framework agreements can best be used. It explains the mechanisms for establishing framework agreements and deciding whether single or multiple operator frameworks are appropriate in any given case. It will also provide delegates with an understanding of how to operate centrally established frameworks in line with Circular 16/13.

Target Audience

This course is ideal for those new to procurement tasked with establishing their own frameworks or using those set up by Central Purchasing Bodies such as Office of Government Procurement.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course participants will be equipped with the skills to understand the difference between contracts and frameworks, the key elements required in setting them up and how to award contracts under them, whether via cascade, mini-tender or other processes.

Course Content


Deciding on the most appropriate procurement strategy to ensure flexibility


Contracts with Options

Framework Agreements

Overview of the procurement rules for establishing frameworks

Framework strategies

Choosing single versus multi party

The key documentation required for frameworks

Pricing strategies in frameworks

Award criteria and frameworks

Awarding frameworks and notifications required

Operating the framework

Cascade procedure

Mini-tender procedure

Notification letters in frameworks

Award notices for frameworks

Dos and Don’ts with frameworks

Frameworks established by Central Purchasing Bodies

Using frameworks set up by others

What to watch for

Case Study

Questions and Answers


What background knowledge is necessary?

Relevant for staff experienced in the basics of tendering.

What is the refund policy?

All cancellations must be received in writing or the full course fee is
payable. Where delegates cancel more than 5 days prior to the course 50% of the course fee is payable. Cancellations received within 5 days
will be liable for the full fee.

Substitutions may be made at any time prior to the event.

Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?

Ideally the Understanding and Evaluating Tenders programmes or relevant experience.