The EPS ensures the realisation of public procurement objectives as outlined by the OGP’s Public Procurement Guidelines for Goods and Service (July, 2017); focusing on compliance, best practice and efficiency while taking advantage of competition in the market. The EPS as a shared service provider enables public procurement policy to contribute to well-functioning public service organisations to the benefit of citizens while making the best use of experienced procurement professionals.

Procurement Support Requests

Under the centralised procurement model, the EPS has responsibility for the following categories of spend nationally:

  • Laboratory/Research Diagnostics, Services & Equipment
  • Agriculture and Veterinary Goods & Services
  • Library Goods & Services

Any public sector body with a goods or services requirement under these categories should fill in a Procurement Support Request (PSR) form for that requirement and send via email to OGP Customer Support (support@ogp.gov.ie.)  See FAQ’s for further detail on the sourcing process.

All procurement support requests (PSR’s) are sent into the OGP at support@ogp.gov.ie.

This will come through the system to EPS if you are looking to source goods/services within one of our categories.

Check the OGP website for further information on the various categories and framework drawdown options available for PSB’s.

Guidance on various aspects of public procurement, including guidelines on national and EU public procurement procedures are set out in the OGP July 2017 edition of Public Procurement Guidelines for Goods and Services.

You will also find other publications under this General Procurement Guidance section of eTenders.

Procurement & Contracts Offices

The EPS focuses on providing public sector clients with a tailored service to suit their specific procurement requirements. The EPS enables procurement in Public Sector Bodies to concentrate buying power, meaning that the public sector benefits from aggregated pricing for the product or service.

Procurement & Contracts Offices (PCO’s) have traditionally had the onerous responsibility of managing both the sourcing process and the contract management process for each requirement within their institution. The EPS aims to reduce that burden on PCO’s by, where possible, managing the sourcing process for spot-buys, providing triage support and giving guidance on go-to-market solutions and providing additional drawdown opportunities. This strategy avoids the duplication of effort and increases efficiency and use of arrangements put in place for EPS categories.

This also ensures an auditable procurement process is in place complying with national procurement guidelines and EU Directives.

End Users

The EPS focuses on providing public sector clients with a tailored service to suit their specific procurement requirements. The EPS, as a share service provider, enables procurement in Public Sector Bodies to concentrate buying power, means that the public sector gets one price for the product or service, avoids duplication of effort, and can avail of arrangements put in place for categories.

End Users are assisted with timelines, specifications, award-criteria, evaluations, debriefing and reporting. This ensures an auditable procurement process is in place complying with National Guidelines and EU Directives.

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Public Sector Clients

The EPS is here to meet the sourcing needs of its allocated categories for all public sector customers by putting in place quality solutions and arrangements that deliver value for money. We realise that different clients have different needs and so we keep our frameworks and contracts as flexible – and as easy to use – as possible to take account of those needs.

EPS Framework Agreements reduce the time and cost associated with procurement by offering facilities that have already been competitively and compliantly tendered for. By using our arrangements, our public sector clients can be confident that they are meeting their compliance obligations, obtaining value-for money and reducing their administrative burden locally.