An efficient and effective public procurement system is the backbone of a well-functioning government and ensures delivering quality services to the public. The OECD supports governments in reforming their public procurement systems to ensure cost savings and better service delivery.
The OECD takes a holistic view of the public procurement cycle: from needs assessment, bid evaluation and contract award, as well as contract management and payment.
PRINCIPLES FOR ENHANCING INTEGRITY IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
The OECD has developed a set of Principles for Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement. The Principles were approved as a Recommendation by the highest body of the OECD, the Council, in October 2008. OECD Recommendations reflect a consensus by member countries on good practice guidance.
The Principles are based around the following topics;
- Good management
- Prevention of misconduct, compliance and monitoring
- Accountability and control
The Principles support the implementation of legal instruments developed within the framework of the OECD, as well as other organisations such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation and the European Union.
2008 RECOMMENDATION UPDATE
The 2008 Recommendation will be revised and a new OECD Recommendation on Public Procurement has been proposed for 2014, in order to provide a comprehensive set of guidelines for public procurement reforms and streamlining at national or subnational level.
The new Recommendation will aim to provide decision-makers with a holistic approach on how to ensure the strategic function of public procurement systems, improve the procurement process and provide sources of growth.
The Procurement Toolbox supports governments to implement the OECD Principles for Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement (2008). The toolbox is intended to support policy makers and procurement practitioners at both national and sub-national levels of government.