From 1 April 2013 commissioners must comply with the Commissioning Regulations. They impose a number of requirements on commissioners and it is essential that you build compliance into your commissioning and procurement strategy.
They apply when a Clinical Commissioning Group or NHS England (formerly the NHS Commissioning Board) procure health care services. They do not apply when a provider, e.g. a NHS Trust or Foundation Trust, subcontracts health care services to a third party.
Similarly they do not apply when a local authority is commissioning health care services.
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