The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) and its sector partners put in place framework agreements through which public sector bodies can buy goods and services. The OGP has established three Framework Agreements to deliver translation and interpretation services to public bodies.
These are for the provision of:
- Interpretation Services (excluding Irish), established in February 2016;
- Translation Services (excluding Irish), established in March 2016; and
- Irish Language Translation Services, established in July 2017.
Draw down from these Frameworks is by way of mini-competitions through supplementary request for tenders (SRFTs) amongst framework suppliers only. The OGP is progressing competitions under these Frameworks. However, there has been a lengthy delay in one mini-competition under the Framework Agreement for the provision of Interpretation Services (excluding Irish) due to a legal challenge.