This Ethical Procurement for Health (EPH) Workbook aims to provide practical guidance for organisations in the health and social care sector to embed labour standards considerations into procurement and supplier management activities.

It also aims to build awareness of labour standards risks in modern supply chains serving the health sector, so that these can be addressed proactively and constructively.

The EPH workbook has been developed in partnership between the SDU, British Medical Association (BMA)Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and the Department of Health (DH).

Key aims:

  • Provide practical guidance for organisations in the health and social care sector to embed labour standards considerations into procurement and supplier management activities
  • Demonstrate that ethical trade is compatible with public contracting policy and regulation.
  • Encourage a culture of due diligence, continuous improvement and supplier partnership that adequately prioritises and resources ethical procurement.
  • Address the misperception that ethical trade is incompatible with public procurement law and/or value for money requirements.

Version 2.0 key changes in update

Alongside general updates of content, key revisions in the EPH Workbook 2.0 from the first version include:

  • An update of the EPH Flexible Framework
  • Consideration of the UK Public Contract Regulations 2015
  • Reference to the Labour Standards Assurance System (LSAS)



  •  Ethical Procurement for Health: Workbook 2.0
    Ethical Procurement for Health: Workbook 2.0

    The workbook helps procurers consider labour standards throughout the procurement and market engagement processes. It aims to build awareness and understanding of labour standards in supply chains among procurers, so that labour standards concerns can be identified early and addressed proactively and constructively.

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