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Authorizations and exceptions

There are exceptions to the centralized procurement, which are detailed below. It Also identifies some clearances prescriptive and reports to be shown on the DGRCC.


The report DGRCC has issued authorizing, generally, the acquisition outside the system of centralized procurement in certain situations which affect the following framework agreements:


Once called a centralized service or a provision, competition for the same corresponds to the DGRCC. The LCSP article 229.1, and the declaration of goods and services centralized procurement (articles 4 and 5 of order EHA/1049/2008), set out the possibility to apply for leave to DGRCC to recruit according to the general rules of competence and procedure by the Contracting authority.

The bodies included under a mandatory subjective scope for centralised purchasing can make this application online by accessing, using an electronic certificate, the Red Sara on the link

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It must be stated that, unless the aforementioned Order excludes from its scope minor contracts, the centralization of a service or supply shall cover all those contracts the purpose of which is centralized regardless of their amount.

When applying for a waiver to the centralized procurement, two circumstances must be taken into account, depending on whether the procurement falls into the category of framework agreements or centralized contract:

  1. For framework agreements:

    • General Provision: request for a waiver authorization when the framework agreement is already in force

      • Applicable in the case of services and supplies qualified as centralized procurement items.

      • In order to request a waiver authorization to centralized procurement it is necessary to prove that those supplies allocated by virtue of the framework agreement or the service provision regime do not meet the necessary characteristics to cover the needs of the requesting body.

    • Transitional Provision: request for a waiver authorization when the framework agreement is not in force yet.

      • Applicable in the case of procurement of services and supplies, or extension of current contracts already qualified as centralized procurement items.

      • If the contract proposed by the petitioner has a duration of less than one year plus another possible extension, the competent body may complete the procurement process in accordance with the general competence regulations without the need for a previous favorable report from the DGRCC. In this case, to agree to the extension, the prior favorable report of the DGRCC will be necessary.

      • If the contract proposed by the petitioner has a longer duration, the DGRCC may authorize it based on reasons of management efficiency.

  2. For centralized contracts:

    • General Provision: authorization request for contracts out of the centralized procurement system:

      • Applicable in the case of the procurement of services and supplies already qualified as centralized procurement items.

      • Applicable when such services or supplies are to be awarded by means of a centralized contract instead of a framework agreement.

      • The competent body may complete the procurement process in accordance with the general competence and procedure general regulations if proven to be necessary due to the characteristics of the service, supply or work of the requesting body or due to the planning requirements of the centralization itself and after the DGRCC issues the relevant approval report


This is an authorization that is determined by the use of the figure of the framework agreement. Article 229.8 of the LCSP establishes that the prior authorization of the DGRCC will be necessary when a framework agreement is to be concluded that has as its object supplies, services or works that have not been declared centralized contracting and:

  • are contracted in a general way and with essentially homogeneous characteristics.

  • or they affect more than one of the entities integrated into the obligatory scope of the state system of centralized acquisition of art. 229.2.


It is an authorisation that responds to the purpose of guaranteeing the effective application of a future framework agreement or centralised contract for a service or supply whose centralisation is under consideration.

Thus, the General State Administration and other entities included in the mandatory subjective scope of the State Procurement Centre, in accordance with the second additional provision of Order EHA/1049/2008, of 10 April, for declaring the supplies and services subject to centralised procurement, must obtain a favourable report from the DGRCC in order to process contracts aimed at services and supplies included in the following resolution and whose duration is longer than one year, extendable by a additional year.