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Brexit Supplier Assessment Update - 27 March

Brexit Supplier Assessment Update - 27 March

Please find below the latest update with regards to the implications of Brexit on suppliers awarded on all UK university purchasing consortia (UKUPC) frameworks.


The supplier spreadsheet below is up-to-date as of 27 March 2019. Members will need to log in to view this document.


In addition to this information coordinated by the UKUPC, you can also download a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) issued by the Cabinet Office giving procurement guidance in relation to the UK leaving the EU.


Full information can be found by clicking on the link below, along with a number of frequently asked questions in relation to a no-deal exit including the UK e-notification service, thresholds, procedures, suppliers and standards.


Procurement Policy Note 02/19: Preparing for the UK Leaving the EU


The information sets out how public procurement regulations will be affected in relation to either an agreed deal or no deal with the EU.


Agreed Deal

In essence, in the event of a deal the current procurement regulatory framework will continue to apply, unamended, during the implementation period.


No Deal

In the event of no deal, contracting authorities will need to publish public procurement notices to a new UK e-notification service that will replace the EU Publications Office. Any requirements to advertise on other platforms such as Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, or devolved administration systems such as Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales, eSourcing NI and eTendersNI will remain unchanged.


Procurements in progress on exit day

For procurements that have commenced before the UK leaves the EU (i.e. they have been advertised in the OJEU already), contracting authorities will need to comply with the new regulations from that point, for example by posting subsequent contract award notices on the new UK e-notification service instead of OJEU/TED.


Other useful resources:

HEPA - Brexit Page


The situation is obviously very fluid and we will do our best to keep you updated with the latest relevant information.


Instructions for using the Supplier Spreadsheet

SUPC and the five other UK university purchasing consortia (UKUPC) contacted suppliers and asked them to self-assess the implications of Brexit on their labour use, the supply chain, and regulatory and commercial aspects.


We have summarised the responses into a spreadsheet which can be accessed below by members. Members will need to log in to view this document 


The spreadsheet shows:

  • If a supplier has identified themselves as being subject to a low, medium or high impact risk across each of the four impact areas (labour, supply chain, regulatory and commercial).
  • Where available, a description of the risk consideration as provided by the respective Consortium
  • Where available, a description of mitigating actions in place – SUPC category managers are following up with all suppliers who have identified a risk, but no mitigating action. 


From the self-assessment the key themes identified by suppliers to SUPC are:

  • Currency fluctuation concerns over Brexit and how that will impact the pound/cost within the supply chain.
  • Customs and excise concerns over the potential for changing tariffs and delays due to customs and border checks if products are sourced from/come through the EU.
  • Supply chain concerns for products (particularly those related to laboratories, paper supply and periodicals) that are sourced wholly or partially through the EU.


Please note, this is a snapshot in time of supplier-identified impacts and preparedness and should not, under any circumstances, be used as criteria for award.  All EU regulations and framework terms and conditions still apply with regard to determining Award Criteria and the information should be used to gain a better understanding of a suppliers’ current position, rather than to inform any future award. 


We will update the assessment spreadsheet regularly.  If you have any questions, please contact SUPC Head of Category Management and Services This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.