On 29 January 2010, significant changes to public procurement law will come into force.

The most important changes include:

  • substantial changes to the legal remedies available to contractors, including the repeal of the right to file a protest
  • requiring appeals to be heard by single-member panels of the National Appeal Chamber (formerly three members)
  • enabling the National Appeal Chamber or court to fine contracting authorities up to 10% of the remuneration under the contract for breaching public procurement law
  • restricting the possibility of applying non-competitive procedures (such as single-source procurement) in non-priority services, for example legal services, health and social services

Some of these amendments are intended to implement the EU remedies directive (2007/66/EC).

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The original publication date for this article was 25/01/2010.