Categories and Frameworks

NHS Commercial Solutions (NHSCS) is an accredited framework provider under NHS England’s Commercial Efficiencies & Optimisation Programme - Framework Host Accreditation.

Our frameworks enable call-offs through either mini competitions or direct award, and should be called off in line with Public Contract Regulations 2015 guidance regarding award of contracts under framework agreements, which can be viewed here.

  • When the terms of a framework agreement are not precise enough to directly award a contract under Regulation 33(7) or 33(8)(a), the Buyer must run a further competition, as per Regulation 33(8)(b) or 33(8)(c).
  • When the terms of a framework agreement are precise enough to directly award a contract, the Buyer must award the contract to the top ranked supplier in accordance with the assessment of award criteria when the framework agreement was established, or in accordance with any pre-prescribed rules (call-off protocol) regarding the use of catalogues, or reassessment of award criteria based on requirements configuration variations.

For further information and support regarding awarding contracts under our frameworks, please contact our category teams using the contact details or enquiry forms provided at the bottom of the relevant framework web page.

Please select one of the boxes below to find out more about the Categories we support, and our related frameworks: