The Food Standards Agency buys goods and services in line with UK Government and European Union (EU) policy requirements.
This means we aim to be fair to suppliers, encourage competition, achieve value for money and obtain the best goods and/or services we can. Sustainability is a key consideration in all areas of our business and we work with our suppliers to support our environmental and equalities aims.
The Agency uses an electronic tendering system for procurement. 'Calls for Tender' are submitted through the system and automatically loaded onto tender advertising portals such as the Official Journal of the European Union and Tenders Electronic Daily.
All information on procurement opportunities, existing contracts and our financial transactions are made publically available and can be accessed through our website via the Contracts and tenders page at the link below. We do not publish commercially sensitive information or information that may be used to obtain an unfair competitive advantage.
Please note that the introduction of the system supersedes our practice of publishing notices within our website.
To be as transparent as possible, we have invested in systems that allow individuals to access information on procurement opportunities, existing contracts and our material financial transactions. We do not publish commercially sensitive information or information that may be used to obtain an unfair competitive advantage. Please contact us if you require any information that is not available from our systems, or if you’d like to discuss any aspects of our procurement approach and processes.
We support the UK Government initiative to make it easier for small or new businesses to do business with central government. We have updated our processes to ensure we do not discriminate against small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), for example we will not score large or established businesses higher when evaluating responses to our tender opportunities. As part of this commitment, details of which suppliers of services and goods to the FSA are SMEs can now be accessed in the FSA contracts finder.