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30 June 2021

New practical guidance to help public buyers boost innovation procurement

The European Commission has released a new guidance for European contracting authorities on the fundamental aspects of innovation procurement: why it is important, who may be interested in it, and how this process can be implemented.

The updated guidance clarifies the concept of innovation procurement and gives concrete examples and practical tools for public buyers to implement procurement strategies that are open to innovators and to help them acquire the new solutions the market can provide. The guidance has been updated to consider and build upon the experience gained through past implementation of innovation procurement.

The guidance’s main changes concern the preliminary market consultation, connection to the innovation ecosystem, intellectual property rights, the Innovation Partnership, and state aid. It will help public buyers navigate the new provisions of the 2014 EU directives on public procurement, as it illustrates how to open up public procurement to innovators, including start-ups and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

More information about the guidance can be found here.