September 15, 2021
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Course Description

There are currently in place over 150 OGP national “procurement” frameworks covering thousands of purchased services and supplies and accounting for many € billions of public sector business. This number does not include the many hundreds of frameworks operated by Commercial Semi States, Local Authorities, Voluntary Sector Organisations and other public bodies. All indications are that this number will continue to grow and yet there is still a lack of understanding of the purpose, operation, benefits and drawbacks of Framework Agreements amongst suppliers, buyers and indeed those operating frameworks.

This one-day course is unique and will look into designing or managing Frameworks from a commercial perspective, detailed guidance on their operation and management and even some debate as to their value for and efficacy for all parties.      

This training course will cover the fundamentals of framework agreements, their operation and management and essential knowledge for users of framework agreements whether as a supplier, client user (buyer), professional advisor and lawyer, or operator. This course will be delivered by recognised procurement expert Eoin Lonergan FCIPS who will bring unique insights from all perspectives.


Course Content:

What is a Framework agreement?

  • Framework Agreements in Ireland – An overview
  • Purpose, History, Scale and reach today in Ireland,
  • Who uses Frameworks and why?  Who does not?
  • The role of the Office of Government Procurement
  • Sources of Information on Framework Agreements

Establishing a Framework Agreement

  • Framework or Contract?
  • Who? What? How?    
  • Pros & Cons of Frameworks from – Buyer, Supplier and Tax-Payer perspectives
  • The pre-requisites for a working Framework Agreement

Frameworks in operation

  • Contract v Framework Tendering Process – How is it different?  
  • Single v Multiple Party Frameworks  
  • Draw Down mechanisms compared: Mini competitions, Direct Drawdown, Cascade, Rotation
  • Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS) impact upon Frameworks  

Framework management

  • Avoiding the pitfalls and drawbacks of frameworks
  • Developing category insights and intelligence – 1st v 2nd generation frameworks  
  • Keeping members motivated and sharing information
  • Building in flexibility and innovation
  • Tricks and Sharp Practice watch outs

Frameworks – the future

  • Consideration of improvements and innovations to benefit buyers, suppliers and the taxpayer  

Who Should Attend?

This course will be of interest to anyone in the procurement sector who has responsibility or involvement in creating, managing, or operating framework agreements


On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate of Attendance for the Procurement Framework Agreements Training Course. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants on completion of the course. You will also receive a full Procurement Framework Agreements Training Course pack to refer back to at any time in the future. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.


An ‘Early Bird’ discounted rate of €425 is currently available. This training course normal rate is €525. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY BIRD RATE CLOSES 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO COURSE DATE. The course cost includes all course documentation, Procurement Framework Agreements training pack and Certificates.


Emma Hinds
Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald

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