OECD Principles for Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement


The OECD Principles for Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement reflect a global view of policies and practices that have proved effective for enhancing integrity throughout the procurement cycle. The Principles are anchored in four pillars: transparency, good management, prevention of misconduct and accountability and control.


These principles provide governments with guidance in order to achieve value for money, increase transparency and prevent corruption in public procurement. They represent a consensus that efforts to enhance good governance are essential throughout the entire procurement cycle, from needs assessment to tender evaluation and post-award contract management.


Accelerated procurement procedures






Provide an adequate degree of transparency in the entire procurement cycle in order to promote fair and equitable treatment for suppliers/bidders.




Maximise transparency in competitive tendering and take precautionary measures to enhance integrity, in particular for exceptions to competitive tendering.

Good Management



Ensure that public funds are used in procurement according to the purposes intended.




Ensure that procurement practitioners meet high professional standards of knowledge, skills and integrity.


Prevention of misconduct, compliance and monitoring



Put mechanisms in place to prevent risks to integrity in public procurement.




Encourage close co-operation between government and the private sector to maintain high standards of integrity, particularly in contract management.



Provide specific mechanisms to monitor public procurement as well as detect misconduct and apply sanctions accordingly.

Accountability and control



Establish a clear chain of responsibility together with effective control mechanisms.



Handle complaints from suppliers/bidders in a fair and timely manner.





Empower civil society organisations, media and the wider public to scrutinise public procurement.