Frameworks

Where appropriate, the ESPH will establish a framework agreement for procurement activities where goods, services or works are bought on a recurring basis.

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Framework agreements can have a single supplier or multiple suppliers and last up to four years.

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Before going out for a quotation or tender, the ESPH will first establish whether there is an existing framework in place which can meet the requirements. This will also include a consideration of frameworks by collaborative purchasing organisations such as the Crown Commercial Services (CSS).