The MFR includes certain exemptions where competition need not be sought, but Single Source Approval is still required when seeking to apply any of the exemptions.
Standard exemptions cannot generally apply where any of the Circumstances where Single Source Approval cannot be given prevail.
The exemptions that are available are as set out below. In most cases additional information in support of the application of the exemption is required as indicated.
Proprietary items available from only owner of intellectual property rights; copyrights or distribution rights
Additional information required: please refer to Information required when applying for single source approval
Price controlled by Government Regulation
Additional information required: relevant documentation if Regulation is not public domain.
Repairs or Parts for existing plant, equipment or machinery where it is considered that the original supplier should carry out the repairs or parts are not available from any other supplier.
Additional information required: generally no further information is required but may be requested at delegated authority’s discretion.
The items to be purchased are to upgrade existing equipment or software and it is considered that the original supplier should be used because either:
- The original supplier is the owner of the intellectual property rights and/or copyrights in the products or software
- The original supplier is the sole distributor or agent for the equipment in the UK
- There is substantial risk in using a third party to upgrade (additional evidence and information required)
- Using a third party would invalidate any warranty or maintenance agreements
Additional information required: with the exception of the third party exemption, generally no further information is required but may be requested at delegated authority’s discretion. For the third party exemption a brief statement identifying the risks is required.
The items to be purchased are used; or second hand or ex-demonstration and being sold at a substantially reduced price.
Additional information: provide information indicating the actual or estimated price of a new