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CMA launches ‘screening for cartels’ tool

CMA launches ‘screening for cartels’ tool

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a digital tool to help fight bid-rigging.

The CMA’s ‘Screening for Cartels’ tool will help public procurement professionals identify suspicious behaviour by suppliers when bidding for contracts.
Bid-rigging is a serious form of illegal behaviour that can cause public authorities to overpay when buying goods and services. The software uses algorithms to spot unusual bidder behaviour and pricing patterns which may indicate that bid-rigging has taken place.

The tool is freely available for procurement professionals to download and use.

Links to the tool, an open letter and an e-learning module are available at the following link:

gov.uk/government/news/cma-launches-digital-tool-to-fight-bid-rigging