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January 2014

Dear Reader,

We are pleased to send you the latest 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

    • Input sought for upcoming PPI guidance documents
    • Inaugural PPI Award invites European applicants
    • Horizon 2020 offers funding opportunities for PPI & PCP activities
    • Polish hospital uses PPI to improve patient comfort

1  New EU procurement directives place focus on innovation

On Wednesday 15 January the European Parliament (EP) approved the new EU Public Procurement Directives. The new legislation will replace the current directives and will be binding in all EU Member States once they have been transposed into national law. States have up to two years time for the transposition. Innovation is explicitly encouraged through the new procurement rules, exhibited through the inclusion of ‘innovation partnerships’.

This new procedure acts as a mechanism to encourage dialogue with bidders and foster innovation procurement. The overall goal of the directives is to ensure public authorities purchase best value for money (rather than simply lowest cost) and facilitate bids from SMEs. Another salient aspect of the new directives is the addition of the ‘most economically advantageous tender’ (MEAT) as the standard award criterion. Further analysis and discussion of the new procurement directives will take place on the Procurement Forum.

"Public procurement will no longer be a question of simply accepting the lowest price. Smart customers will work with smart suppliers to provide better solutions, better tailored to meeting customer needs in more innovative ways," said British MEP and Rapporteur Malcolm Harbour, Chairman of the EP’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. The introduction of the MEAT criterion should serve to further support the use of environmental and social criteria in public tenders.

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2   Latest news

Input sought for upcoming PPI guidance documents

To further aid in the uptake of public procurement of innovation (PPI), the Procurement of Innovation Platform will publish three guidance documents. Each guide is designed to enhance public procurers’ understanding of PPI, enabling them to easily and effectively purchase innovative goods and services. Before publication, the PPI Consortium is seeking stakeholder input to further refine the guides’ content. Specific questions have been developed to help focus stakeholders' contributions; the full list of questions can be found on the PPI platform website.

Contributions are being sought until the end of February 2014. To do so, contact info@innovation-procurement.org. The first guide will give a general introduction to the topic, outlining the most effective methods of implementation. The second will focus on risk management, providing an overview in the context of effective PPI. Guidance on intellectual property forms the focus of the third guide, including how to contractually deal with new findings, insights and technologies.

Stakeholders are also invited to discuss specific topics posted on the Procurement Forum. The PPI guidance documents are being developed with support from the European Commission by the PPI Consortium, a partnership between ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, 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.

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Inaugural PPI Award invites European Applicants

European public authorities are invited to apply for the first edition of the Public Procurement of Innovation Award, which will be presented to an exemplary public authority that purchases innovative, effective and efficient products and services. Public authorities can apply for the award by completing the application form and sending it to the Procurement of Innovation Platform team. Applications for the award close on 31 March 2014.

Already a number of ambitious organisations have applied to take home the prize. The successful entry will be selected in May 2014 and will receive a trophy together with the title “European innovation procurement of the year”; a case study, made available on the Procurement of Innovation Platform; promotion across Europe and internationally; and the possibility of a paid experience exchange visit to a selected public authority.

The winner will also be invited to attend the EcoProcura 2014 conference free of charge. The Public Procurement of Innovation Award was launched on 29 October 2013 by Vice-President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani, during the symposium ‘Achieving Excellence in Business Friendly Public Administration’.

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Horizon 2020 offers funding opportunities for PPI & PCP activities

A range of funding opportunities for PCP and PPI related projects will be available under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, running from 2014 - 2020. Horizon 2020, which focuses on research and innovation, will replace current funding programmes FP7 and CIP. Specifically, sub-programmes LEIT (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies), Societal Challenges and Excellent Science will provide funding for innovative procurement.

Two calls for PCP and PPI are expected in the 2014 - 2015 ICT LEIT work programme, the first opening in December 2013 and closing in April 2014. The draft work programme, currently under discussion in EU Member States, looks at co-financing of joint cross-border PCPs carried out by consortia of public procurers, and co-financing of joint cross-border PPIs. The co-financing rates are 70 percent and 20 percent respectively.

The cross-border PCPs will focus on robotics for healthcare, environmental monitoring and public safety; smart system integration; cloud computing and more. The cross-border PPIs will look at boosting public sector productivity and innovation through cloud computing services; services for National Research and Education Networks; and other topics. Further funding opportunities for networks of public procurers will also be available in the fields of lighting solutions, and boosting the take-up of innovative information and communication technology (ICT) solutions.

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Polish hospital uses PPI to IMPROVE PATIENT COMFORT

The County Hospital in Sucha Beskidzka (Poland), a partner in the EcoQUIP project, is using PPI as a means to enhance the comfort of their patients. Each summer the temperature in patients’ rooms becomes swelteringly high, which has implications on both the quality of patients’ care and the medical equipment in the room. The hospital recently released details of its intention to conduct a technical dialogue procedure.

Previously trialled measures (such as installing air conditioning units) proved either ineffective, or costly and unsustainable. To remedy this, the hospital will carry out a market inquiry to find a solution that is cost-effective and low-carbon, does not interfere with medical technology, that will facilitate patient recovery and enhance performance of medical staff, while delivering thermal comfort for all occupants of the hospital.

The market engagement scheme is being launched ahead of the commencement of the formal procurement procedure. The scheme will consist of market sounding, in which relevant bodies will be asked to register their interest through completing a short questionnaire, and an informative market consultation workshop and networking event. The EcoQUIP project aims to deliver efficiency, quality and sustainability in healthcare through the use of innovative procurement.

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3   Recent resource uploads

Strategy for intelligent public procurement, published by the Danish Government (2013).

Public-private partnerships and effective public procurement is a key element in the modernisation of the public sector towards 2020. Increased public-private cooperation and strategic public procurement can reduce resource consumption and provide an opportunity to develop and improve public services, thereby improving productivity and the scope for growth. This document outlines the Danish Government's aim to promote innovation and support a green transition through public procurement.

Forward commitment procurement: guidance on buying innovative goods and services, published by the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (2013).

Forward Commitment Procurement (FCP) is an early market engagement tool that brings together progressive thinking and best practice from the private sector and the innovation and procurement communities. This is combined with an understanding of the demand side barriers to the commercialisation of innovative goods and services, identified by the Environmental Innovations Advisory Group (EIAG), which inhibit the bringing of new cost effective goods and services into the market.

Municipal procurement in transition - large German municipalities on their way to sustainable procurement?, published by the Institut für den öffentlichen Sektor e.V. (2013).

This study examines, for the first time, how procurement practices operate in Germany's largest cities and regions, and how the issue of sustainability is already influencing performance requirements and decisions in this area. The key results of the study come directly from the participating municipalities.

More resources are available in the Resource Centre.

4   Events

25 – 26 June 2014

Med-Tech Innovation Conference & Exhibition 2014, Athlone, Ireland

This high level conference will focus on the latest cutting edge research, technology and innovations being driven from one of the leading clusters of medical device and diagnostic manufacturers in the world. The event will be combined with an exhibition that will showcase technology, products, materials and services from leading med-tech suppliers.

14 – 16 August 2014

6th International Public Procurement Conference, Dublin, Ireland

The International Public Procurement Conference (IPCC) is the largest international public procurement conference globally dedicated to academic discussion and practitioner engagement. IPCC is aimed at procurement professionals, academic and government researchers, policy makers and regulators. Graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in relevant fields are particularly invited to attend.

24 – 26 September 2014

EcoProcura 2014

Titled ‘Sustainability, innovation and cost efficiency: taking procurement forward’, EcoProcura 2014 will develop and explore several themes, including how public procurement can stimulate innovation, cost efficient use of public money through procurement, strategies for integrated sustainable public procurement, and implementing the new European Public Procurement Directives.

17– 20 November 2014

CARE INNOVATION 2014: Towards a Resource Efficient Economy, Vienna, Austria

Expected to attract more than 400 international experts, the conference will present up-to-date progress on sustainable development and the development of eco-efficient electric, electronic and automotive products. It will also provide a platform to discuss the latest progress on resource efficiency, legal compliance, sustainable products and services, corporate social responsibility, energy efficiency and climate change, and recycling.

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