As public organisations, the five Danish regions must comply with the EU directives regarding public procurement. The EU directive sets out minimum harmonised public procurement rules to ensure that all tenders from private companies are subject to transparency, equal treatment, open competition, and sound procedural management. By securing a level playing field for all businesses, the regions ensure that each assignment goes to the supplier with the most competitive offer - in terms of both quality and Price.
In 2014, the regions established the regions joint procurement RFI, in order to ensure that the majority of the procurements are coordinated between the regions. RFI is a cooperation model in which the regions carry out procurement on behalf of each other. By centralising the regions procurement needs in one region, the regions can obtain greater savings and better contract terms. In addition, each region does not need to invest resources in the long and often complicated process involved in carrying out a tender.
The Steering Group for Regional Procurements constitutes the RFI in addition to the Circuit of Regional Procurement Managers and the employees in the five regional procurement departments. To support the cooperation the regions established the RFI-secretariat. Four employees who works closely with Team Procurement, Innovation and Hospital Construction in the Danish Regions run the RFI-secretariat.