The Natural History Museum's Procurement Section, based in the Finance Department, exists to ensure that the procurement of all works, goods and services by the Museum is based on value for money, propriety and maximising the use of the available resources.

Download the Museum’s Procurement policy PDF (32.4 KB)

and Standard Conditions for the Purchase of Goods and Services PDF (74.2 KB)

The Museum is obliged as a public body to abide by the Public Contracts Regulations, as well as its own internal financial regulations, when purchasing works, goods and services. The Procurement Section ensures that competition is sought and tenders advertised appropriately when they exceed certain financial thresholds.

Download our internal Financial regulations PDF (101.3 KB)

(Please note that the regulations are currently in the process of being updated.)

Competitive tendering for most of the works, goods and services provided to the Museum is carried out online via the BiP solutions Ltd website. A web page containing details of all current electronic tenders, with instructions and links enabling potential suppliers to apply for them, will be available shortly.

The Museum has a number of central contracts, which are regularly tendered, and contractual arrangements with government or higher education consortium framework agreements. Details of these contracts will also be made available and updated as new ones are awarded.

The webpage will also contain a record of all tenders and contracts advertised in the supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). These can currently be found by registering on the EU's tenders electronic daily (TED) website and entering 'Natural History Museum' in the search fields.

For further information on procurement and contracts at the Museum, contact the Procurement Manager, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD or email us.

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