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July 2013

Dear Reader,

We are pleased to send you the first edition of the PPI Platform newsletter! Through this newsletter we hope to keep you up to date with the latest PPI and PCP news.

You can find more information on the topics at www.innovation-procurement.org.
If you have news or information to share, please contact us at info@innovation-procurement.org

    • HAPPI website identifies innovations that benefit the elderly
    • Smart@Fire uses PCP
    • EcoQUIP launch collaborative innovation procurement project
    • EC support to Innovation Procurement
    • CONCORDi-2013
    • High-level conference on Innovation Procurement
    • The Nordic Public Procurement Conference 2013

1   Introducing the PPI Platform

We are pleased to announce that the Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) Platform is now live at www.innovation-procurement.org. The PPI Platform is a brand new system that aims to make public procurement of innovation a wide-spread reality in Europe.

With Europe’s economy facing serious challenges with regard to growth and competitiveness, the need to find innovative and sustainable solutions is more important than ever before. Procurement is a powerful tool to stimulate the market to offer innovative and sustainable solutions. The Platform has been developed to help public authorities, procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders harness the power of PPI. Custom-made to meet the needs of users, the PPI Platform is comprised of three elements.

The website is the first port of call for all things related to PPI and pre-commercial procurement (PCP). It contains the latest news on PPI and PCP developments and events, the European legal framework, policy support and more specifically, it will offer the latest updates on PPI and PCP related projects.

The Procurement Forum is a space for procurers and related stakeholders to discuss, share and connect, allowing them to post comments and upload documents, images or videos. Users can create groups, which are ideal for developing and coordinating projects involving numerous partners.

The Resource Centre provides a centralised database for PPI guidance, gathering useful documents in one place. Resources include national and European policy and strategy documents, tools, case studies, details of projects and initiatives, and reports.

The platform has been developed by ICLEI with support from the European Commission, and in partnership with PIANOo – the Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre, REC – the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe and IWT – the Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology.

Feedback on the platform is welcomed. The platform is set out to create a user experience that is rewarding, informative, and enjoyable - any input that helps to achieve this is most welcome. All features are fully functioning, but in case of any issues or feedback please contact us at: info@innovation-procurement.org.

To visit the platform, click here.

2   Latest news

HAPPI website identifies innovations that benefit the elderly

HAPPI (Healthy Ageing - Public Procurement of Innovations) is a European project which aims to identify innovative products and services in the field of “ageing well”. Funded by the European Commission, HAPPI addresses the challenges of the demographic change in Europe by putting in place procurement contracts that will benefit healthcare organisations, hospital staff, the elderly and their families.

The HAPPI project website will keep industry and healthcare professionals informed about the project and key events, including information days to be held in major European cities from September 2013, starting in London (United Kingdom). The website also provides manufacturers, suppliers and healthcare organisations with detailed information on the project, its objectives, milestones and members. Additionally, it allows manufacturers and suppliers to register their interest in the project and receive updates.

From September 2013, suppliers and manufacturers will be able to access an online platform via the HAPPI website where they will have the opportunity to confidentially submit information on their innovative solutions for caring for an ageing society and maintaining health in old age. Before this, they can register their expressions of interest in the project on the website. The HAPPI project is run by 11 strategic partners from seven European countries that are a mixture of healthcare central purchasing organisations, innovation and SME experts and academics. The HAPPI project is also on twitter - follow the project at www.twitter.com/HAPPI_Project.

For more information, click here.

Smart@Fire uses PCP to develop next-generation Smart Personal Protective Systems for firefighters

For firefighters, being thrust into dangerous situations at a moment’s notice is part of the job. To maintain their safety, firefighters need to monitor, measure, interpret and act on their environment. The Smart@Fire project aims to use PCP to finance companies and researchers to develop Smart Personal Protective Systems for firefighters.

These systems will combine safety and comfort, and be applicable to a wide-range of possible situations. They will have the ability to determine the firefighter's position in relation to colleagues and hazards; provide communication with the firefighter's coordinating officer (usually at a distance); and measure environmental parameters and the firefighter's vital functions.

The tendering procedure will begin with market consultation sessions between technology suppliers and procurers. The next phase will be PCP, in which working prototypes will be developed and tested. Finally, cross-border EU procurement will be implemented, which will see the product purchased on a large scale.

For more information, click here.

EcoQUIP launch collaborative innovation procurement project

The aim of the EcoQUIP project is to improve the efficiency, quality and environmental sustainability of healthcare through innovation procurement. Working with the EcoQUIP coordination team, the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (UK) is taking an innovative approach to the procurement of a new catering service.

The Trust consulted internal stakeholders and consumer organisations to determine the needs of staff, patients and visitors, and has developed outcome-based requirements for ‘innovative, people centred, low carbon catering’.  In December 2012, the Trust launched a Market Sounding, inviting suppliers from all parts of the catering supply chain to respond. The response was encouraging with the supply chain reporting that new and emerging catering service models and innovative technologies have the potential to offer benefits in terms of patient outcomes, efficiency, quality, sustainability and carbon reduction.

Following further engagement with the supply chain at a market information and consultation day, the project team is now preparing a pro-innovation procurement strategy before launching the formal procurement process.

For more information, click here.

EC support to Innovation Procurement

The 2012 Spring European Council agreed that efforts must be stepped up to make demand-led innovation a main driver of Europe’s R&D policy. In this context public authorities have a very significant role to play in stimulating growth and jobs via the use of PPI.

Considering that 19% of EU GDP is spent by different levels of government, public bodies and utility service providers on procurement of goods, works and services, PPI offers tremendous potential. The procurement of innovative products and services can be a key driver of modernising the public sector. It can also accelerate the market uptake of innovative products and services by finding first customers for innovative companies.

However, the European Public Sector innovation scoreboard 2013 shows that the public sector does not sufficiently exploit its potential as a driver of business innovation through public procurement. Public procurers need to change their traditional cautious stance and trigger industry’s interest in developing innovative solutions based on specific needs of public procurers. At the same time, enabling innovative companies and particularly SMEs to find their first clients is important. Both PCP as well as PPI solutions are methods for doing innovation procurement.

In its Innovation Union Communication the EC calls on Member States and regions to set aside budget for innovation procurement equivalent to at least EUR 10 billion per year. The EC itself has provided significant financial support to pilot projects in innovation procurement since 2009. The EC intends to give financial support to innovation procurement on a larger scale in Horizon 2020 projects, starting from 2014.

For more information, click here.

3   Recent resource uploads

Preliminary report 'The Case for Innovative Procurement’, published by FIRED-uP (2013)

This FIRED-uP project produced report focuses on procuring fire and rescue service vehicles, and in doing so sets out the case for innovative procurement. It contains an in-depth overview of potential solutions to meeting partner’s future procurement needs and addresses the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of innovative procurement for fire and rescue service vehicles. The included guidance framework addresses the ‘how’ and ‘who’, by looking at different approaches to supplier engagement, procurement and contract design and implementation.

Fostering innovation through public procurement: Austrian Action Plan on Public Procurement Promoting Innovation, published by the Austrian Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth (BMWFJ) and the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) (2012)

This strategic document produced by the Austrian Federal government aims to help change public procurers' behaviour. Through the document, Public administrations can learn to utilise procurement not only as an instrument to support the protection of our environment and climate, but also an instrument to promote innovation. The document specifically lays out the Austrian Action plan for Sustainable Public Procurement, known as the naBe-Action plan.

PCP for Intelligent Transport Systems - A Guide for PCP Actors, published by P3ITS (2011)

The EU-funded P3ITS project aims to determine how PCP can be used to enhance the market take-up of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) innovations within the mobility sector. The handbook answers an array of questions public authorities may have before engaging in PCP for ITS. More broadly, it explores the use of PCP as a tool to support innovation based on the needs of the public sector.

Find more resources in the resource centre.

4   Events

26 - 27 September 2013

CONCORDi-2013: 4th European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation, Seville, Spain

The 4th European Conference on Corporate Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation (CONCORDi-2013) will focus on Financing R&D and innovation as a means to bolster corporate growth in the EU. The conference will address the financial challenges that inhibit innovation and the growth of European companies.

14 - 15 November 2013

High-level conference on Innovation Procurement. Supporting the Demand of Innovation via PPI & PCP for the benefit of industries, SMEs & stronger public services, Cracow, Poland

The European Commission services will present 2014 Horizon 2020 future calls for proposals as well as future financial instruments (Horizon 2020, CEF, Structural funds 2014-2020) to support the demand for innovation and innovative procurement.
Contact: European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry: Bertrand Wert (bertrand.wert@ec.europa.eu) and Grzegorz Drozd (grzegorz.drozd@ec.europa.eu). More information available soon here.

20 - 21 November 2013

The Nordic Public Procurement Conference 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark

Preliminary registration has opened for the Nordic Public Procurement Conference 2013, which will improve participants’ knowledge of procurement legislation, and help them gain a deeper understanding of procurement case law. Methods of putting innovative Public Procurement into practice will also be explored in-depth.

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