On 19 March 2020 the Government issued Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 01/20 responding to COVID-19.
“In these exceptional circumstances, authorities may need to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency.
Authorities are permitted to do this using regulation 32(2)(c) under the Public Contract Regulations 2015.”
Regulation 32 (2)(c) states the following: –
32.— (2) The negotiated procedure without prior publication may be used for public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts in any of the following cases:—
(c) insofar as is strictly necessary where, for reasons of extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable by the contracting authority, the time limits for the open or restricted procedures or competitive procedures with negotiation cannot be complied with.