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, Diagnostics & Equipment

  • Lab Services
  • Lab/Research Gases
  • High Value Lab Equipment & Systems
  • Lab Consumables & Low Value Lab Equipment
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Bulk Chemicals
  • Life Sciences, Reagents & Customised Products


Agriculture & Veterinary

  • Livestock
  • Feed
  • Consumables
  • Equipment
  • Services
  • Supplies
  • Veterinary


  • Books
  • eBooks
  • Hardcopy Journals & Periodicals
  • On-line Journals & Periodicals
  • Databases
  • Educational materials
  • Services

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

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