Commissioning services externally

Commissioning is the process public sector organisations use to assess the service needs and how to meet those needs the organisation and awarding contracts with a chosen provider and then monitors the contract performance.

Procurement means the purchase of goods or services by a public sector organisation from an external organisation. It is one aspect of the commissioning process. All public authorities are required to follow public procurement rules when commissioning goods or services because they must contract on an objective, fair and transparent basis.


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