The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

The Act imposes duties for Scottish public bodies, including sustainability requirements and a lower regulated threshold of £50,000.

Changes related to the Act affect all procurements for the University’s goods, services and capital works under the new laws.

There are various new obligations and opportunities such as a sustainable procurement duty, community benefits requirements and additional duties that affect lower thresholds. The Procurement Office has updated procedures and is providing training for budget holders and stakeholders related to the legal changes.

If you need details please ask the Director of Procurement ext 502508.


For the purposes of this Act, 'Regulated procurements' apply to the following thresholds: 

  • Public contract (goods and services): £50,000
  • Public works contract: £2,000,000
  • Community benefits requirement: £4,000,000


University of Edinburgh Legislative Input

The University of Edinburgh played an active role in influencing in public consultation and drafting of the Bill. The Director of Procurement was called to give evidence in person to the Scottish Parliament with the Chief Executive of our shared services centre Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC ltd), and we are pleased to report that the Act now has specific sub-clause for 'research' procurement exemptions, one of the University’s concerns. The Scottish Ministers may by regulations modify the kinds of contracts which are or are not excluded contracts.