On 3 October 2017, the draft Guidance on Public Procurement of Innovation  was announced as part of the Public Procurement Package from the European Commission.
This Guidance is part of the ongoing work of the European Commission to encourage wider uptake of public procurement across the EU. In addition to the modernisation of public procurement rules in 2014, the European Commission has been exploring the area of public procurement of innovation as a means to ensure sustainable growth, job creation and innovation across the European Single Market.
The Guidance covers four main areas:
- added value of public procurement of innovation
- policy related considerations
- tools attracting innovative suppliers through procurement policy decisions
- tools for designing innovation-friendly tenders, including explanation and interpretation of legal instruments under the modernised public procurement directives from 2014.
This document will be open for public consultation in order to gather stakeholder feedback until 2 January 2018. If you are an interested stakeholder you can read more here  about how to respond to the consultation.