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Direct award of contract

Direct award is a procurement without formal requirements or requirements for advertising. A direct award is usually used when the value of what is to be purchased is below the threshold for direct awards, SEK 700 000.

When you are about to purchase goods or services for which the contract value over a four-year period is below the threshold for direct award (SEK 700 000) and no contract currently exists, you shall make a direct award of contract. Depending on the contract value there are different requirement for documentation of the direct award:

  • Direct award when contract value is below SEK 100 000: Ask at least three suppliers and choose the supplier that best meets the requirements. If the contract value is less than SEK 100 000, there are no requirements to document the direct award.
  • Direct award when contract value is SEK 100 000 - 700 000: Ask at least three suppliers and choose the supplier that best meets the requirements. If the contract value is SEK 100 000 or more, you need to document the direct award according to “Template – direct award of contract" below.

Guidelines and templates

Training

If you want to learn more about direct awards of contract, there are courses you can take. There are several different courses for purchasing officers. Which course you can select depends on your prior knowledge.

Read more about training in purchasing and procurement

Regulated by the Public Procurement Act

The Public Procurement Act (LOU) regulates in detail the permitted activities of public authorities with regard to the purchasing of goods and services (in Swedish)

Read more about public procurement on National Agency for Public Procurement's website