V. Specification/ No Specification – How to Proceed
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V. Specification/ No Specification – How to Proceed

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V. Specification/ No Specification – How to Proceed


About this course

  • Available on request – In-House or Open based on demand

The specification is the single most important component in procurement and the maxim applies “the better the specification, the better the result”. This 1-day workshop will provide delegates with the tools to construct a procurement which facilitates innovation and enables effective specification writing.

Target Audience

Those staff tasked with drafting the key feature of the tender document: drafting the specification of requirements to ensure the specification delivers against the needs of the organisation. It is focussed on staff tasked with drafting specifications for supplies and services.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will develop a full appreciation of the importance of developing a robust specification, the options to ensure maximum flexibility and the procurement tools available to assist in the process.

Course Content

Determining the needs of the organisation

Internal review and consultation

The role of the specification

Technical dialogue / market consultation as a mechanism for undertaking market soundings

Ensuring bias is eliminated

Using variants – what they are and how to implement in a specification

Effective ways of drafting a specification

Review of sample specifications – good and bad

The role of the Competitive Dialogue procedure where it is not possible to draft a specification

Positioning innovation and sustainability at selection, specification and award stages

Summary of EU court cases relating to specifications

Evaluating tenders and innovative solutions

Evaluating variants

Questions and Answers


What background knowledge is necessary?

Relevant for staff new to drafting basic tender documentation for supplies and services.

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 Introduction programme or relevant experience.