The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 specify the procedures to be followed in relation to the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public services contracts by public bodies called contracting authorities.
They form part of the rules and regulations about public procurement, and are subject of continued debate about how these are applied in the UK.
The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 implement, for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 31st March 2004 on the co-ordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public services contracts (OJ L 134, 30.4.2004, p114). The Directive is implemented in Scotland by The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006.
The Regulations also provide remedies for breaches of these Regulations in order to implement Council Directive 89/665/EEC of 21 December 1989 ("the Remedies Directive") which requires member States to provide effective remedies at national level for breaches of Regulations relating to procurement.
Supervision and enforcement