framework agreement [English]

InterPARES Definition

No definition in earlier IP projects. ITrust definition not yet developed.

Other Definitions

  • Directive 2004/18/EC (†765 ): An agreement between one or more contracting authorities and one or more economic operators, the purpose of which is to establish the terms governing contracts to be awarded during a given period, in particular with regard to price and, where appropriate, the quantity envisaged.


  • Mill & Reeve 2016 (†764 ): A framework agreement will generally allow a purchaser more flexibility around the goods or services contracted for under the framework, both in terms of volume and also the detail of the relevant goods and services. A multi-supplier framework allows a contracting authority to select from a number of suppliers for its requirements, helping to ensure that each purchase represents best value. (†1934)
  • Päivärinta, et al. 2015 (†762 ): In an exploratory study of e-government collaboration among Italian municipalities convention was the most popular way of collaboration while establishing a new public body was the least common. A convention is a written collaboration agreement between a group of public agencies in which they define the areas and methods of collaboration. A convention is not a legal entity while a consortium, founded by a group of public agencies, has legal status and only serves its members and is not allowed to offer services externally. A framework agreement entails a common purchasing contract to which the involved public agencies make individual calls. (†1926)
  • Wikipedia (†387 s.v. framework agreement): An agreement between two parties that recognizes that the parties have not come to a final agreement on all matters relevant to the relationship between them, but have come to agreement on enough matters to move forward with the relationship, with further details to be agreed to in the future. In international law, such an agreement between countries or groups can acknowledge that they can not reach full agreement on all issues, but are willing to memorialize a structure by which some disagreements can be resolved. (†1933)