The EPS manage the following categories & sub-categories on behalf of the public sector under the centralised OGP Category Management model.

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Laboratory

  • Laboratory Equipment & Supplies
  • Laboratory Diagnostic Systems
  • Laboratory Services

The Laboratory category caters for the following sub-domains: Large Equipment, Lab Consumables & Small Equipment, Lab Gases & Associated Services, Lab Services & Maintenance, Hazardous Waste and Chemicals & Reagents.

Agriculture & Veterinary

  • Agricultural & Veterinary Large Equipment and Machinery
  • Agricultural & Veterinary Small Equipment & Supplies
  • Agricultural & Veterinary Services
  • Agricultural & Veterinary Hazardous Waste & Disposal
  • Agricultural & Veterinary Chemicals & Consumables

Library

  • Books & e-books
  • Hardcopy Journals & Periodicals
  • On-line Journals & Periodicals
  • Databases
  • Educational materials

The EPS promotes collaborative and shared procurement between public sector bodies through identifying common procurement needs. This aggregated approach is conducted by:

  • Effectively streamlining your procurement practices via existing arrangements within the category
  • Enabling the use of framework agreements for certain goods/services
  • Developing procurement category strategies that are in line with shared Public Sector Bodies/corporate procurement objectives
  • Providing best practice procurement policy and procedure guidance from project initiation to award
  • Ensuring a managed centralised e-Tenders facility for non-specialist users is available
  • Forward planning, identifying and forecasting upcoming needs
  • Conditions of funding are identified or clarified where necessary with funding body
  • OGP support are notified through your relevant procurement support via a PSR (Procurement Support Request form)
  • Revising and amending tender documents, collaborating with EPS
  • Abide by the guiding principles of public procurement; transparency, accountability, proportionality and mutual recognition (equal treatment)

OGP triage solution for education

Where the OGP sourcing teams are not in a position to onboard a procurement support request received from an education sector PSB for goods and services under one of its central categories, these requests are triaged to the EPS team who source a number of these projects on behalf of the education stakeholder

Schools Payment Project

Recently, the Department of Education and Skills explored the potential of electronic payments systems to offer parents the option to pay fees to schools electronically. This approach gives parents other Payment options other than cash or cheque.

A collaborative procurement project was conducted by the EPS and successfully established a national programme, which facilitates all schools to offer parents the choice to make payments by electronic means.