GDPR And Public Sector Contracts - Are You Ready?


Event summary

This new series of workshops will take a detailed and practical look at the impending implementation (from 25 May 2018) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is a major milestone moment in data protection law.


28 February 2018
Starts: 09:30
Ends: 15:30


Novotel Birmingham Centre Hotel
70 Broad Street
West Midlands
B1 2HT
[See map]

Standard price

£295.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£195.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The workshop will address the potentially significant impact of the GDPR on public sector procurement and contracts. It will cover the key changes the GDPR will introduce to the  current data protection rules, explain how contracts should be reviewed and updated as well as bring you up to speed with all the latest guidance from the Information Commissioner. There is no doubt that the GDPR will require a major step change in how procurement teams operate and process personal data and protect the rights of data subjects. Fines for some GDPR breaches can be up to 4% of worldwide annual turnover – time is already running out for procurement teams to get ready.

The GDPR introduces new and stringent breach notification measures which will make it mandatory to report where a data breach is likely to result in a risk for the rights and freedoms of individuals. Notification must occur within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach. Individuals will also be given powers to ask companies to delete their personal data from their systems (‘the right to be forgotten’) and to request information about how their data is being used, within 30 days (‘a subject access request’). This means that procurement and contracts teams in public sector organisations put in place comprehensive contractual terms in their agreements with suppliers. 

Who should attend?

The workshop will support procurement, commissioners, finance, solicitors, project managers, auditors and contract managers who need a working knowledge of GDPR and contracts. The workshops will offer an update on the latest guidance behind this significant change in legislation and help to ensure that your compliance programme is on track, and an opportunity to raise any outstanding issues with GDPR experts. 

How will I benefit?

The workshop will:

  • outline the steps organisations must take to ensure and demonstrate compliance
  • provide a checklist for negotiating processor contracts
  • show how to review existing contracts and procurement implications
  • review current procurement processes and develop updated policies requiring enhanced due diligence for high-risk contracts
  • help fill outstanding gaps identified in audit to ensure compliance.

CPD Hours

Four and a half


  • Commissioning
  • / Financial management
  • / Governance
  • / Internal audit
  • / Performance improvement and policy
  • / Risk management

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Speaker - Mohamed Hans, Procurement Advisor, CIPFA Procurement & Commissioning Network (CPCN)

Mohamed Hans

Mohamed Hans joined CIPFA in 2004 after working as a senior commercial solicitor for a number of West Yorkshire local authorities. He is an expert on the European Public Procurement Rules and has written extensively on this topic as well as developed widely used practitioner toolkits. He is also invited to speak at conferences (UK and abroad) and is often the first point of contact for practitioners understanding complex procurement issues. He manages the CIPFA Procurement & Commissioning Network which has nearly 100 member authorities. E:, T: 01924 461825.