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

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)

Education projects

EPS develops and manages a number of bespoke procurement solutions for the Education Sector.  Also, 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