Procurement and Commercial Improvement Programme


The Procurement & Commercial Improvement Programme (PCIP) replaces the previous Procurement Capability Assessment (PCA).

This PCIP focuses on the policies and procedures driving procurement performance and more importantly, the results they deliver.

Key Points to Note

  • Organisations will be assessed every two years

  • New question set

  • New scoring and Performance Bandings

  • Introduction of a new Medium Assessment to complement the Lite and Full Assessments

  • Introduction of a Level 4 – High Performing Assessment to the Full Assessment

  • The assessment results will not be comparable in any way to the previous Procurement Capability Assessment (2009-2014).

  • New Assessment methodology, including information being submitted and assessed in advance of the assessment day.

  • All organisations have had an opportunity to provide feedback and input to the new assessment via two separate rounds of consultation.

Assessment  Process

The diagram below details the various stages of the PCIP process:


                                                             Full Assessment                   Medium Assessment                  Lite Assessment   

The full contents of PCIP including all guidance, Dashboard, Advance Information Requirements, Full, Medium & Lite assessments alongside the Information Bank can be found here.


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