Procurement Capability Assessment 2010

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Introduction

Procurement Capability Assessment ( PCA)

The objective of the PCA is to assist organisations to improve their structure, capability, processes and ultimately performance, by attaining a level of performance that is appropriate to the scale and complexity of their business.

The Public Procurement Reform Board ( PPRB), chaired by Mr Swinney, have reaffirmed their belief that the PCA is a key tool to help organisations drive local best practice, deliver savings and demonstrate they are working towards improving their capability.

It is more important than ever, in the challenging economic climate we all face, that public procurement is conducted as effectively as possible. Better procurement can help us do more with less and the PCA represents a real opportunity to understand procurement capability at a local, sectoral and national level, allowing improvement plans to be implemented to ensure the promotion of efficiency and effectiveness and continuous improvement.

This is the second year of national PCAs and the PCA questionnaire has been refined in line with feedback from public bodies. As with the first round of national PCAs, the Centres of Expertise will work with public bodies within their respective sectors to assess procurement capability in the second half of 2010. This will be done through assuring evidence is prepared in advance by the organisation being assessed.

The PCA results will be compiled and reported to the PPRB at the beginning of 2011.