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Getting the best from panels of suppliers

The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) has been looking into panels of suppliers and how public organisations use them, as part of their three-year programme on procurement.

The OAG has now completed this work and published an article “Getting the best from panels of suppliers”.

Getting the best from panels of suppliers - Office of the Auditor-General New Zealand Tumuaki o te Mana Arotake

The OAG says that to get the best from panels of suppliers, public organisations need to:

  • Be confident that a panel is the best procurement option.
  • Have good relationships with suppliers and be transparent with them about work going through the panel.
  • Monitor panel performance to see whether they are delivering the benefits expected.
  • Follow the Government Procurement Rules when setting up and using panels.

The article also provides a series of questions to consider when deciding to set up a new panel or renew an existing one; and for effectively managing panels.