Central purchasing body (CPB)

A central purchasing body (CPB) is a purchaser (contracting authority) providing centralised purchasing services to one or more contracting authorities, including purchasing goods and services, awarding public contracts, and concluding framework agreements, as well as ancillary services such as managing procure-ment projects and providing advice. A central purchasing body is therefore responsible for the centralised procurement of medicines (CPM). However, central purchasing bodies can also provide services to individual contracting authorities, offering expertise in procurement methods and knowledge of the market. 
Central purchasing bodies typically exist at the central government level but may also exist at regional level.

(Last update: 25 March 2022)