Interview with Charles on the consequences for creativity, innovations, quality of public services and competition – if using functional specifications in public procurement.

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In the interview, Charles points to the dynamic effects if functional specifications are used: problems to be solved shall be described – not specific products. Since functional procurement can influence the direction of innovation processes, this can substantially contribute to a transformative change of the innovation system by means of new innovation trajectories, for example for the benefit of climate and sustainability. He also mentions that there are no legal obstacles to pursue functional procurement, and that the EU is strongly encouraging functional procurement. The interview was published by an Inköpsrådet Newsletter, which is read by most people involved in public procurement in Sweden. It can be downloaded here. In the text there are also links to descriptions of examples of public procurement that have been based on functional procurement. It is also mentioned that IVA (The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering) stresses functional procurement as an important instrument for developing a circular economy. Below the interview text, there is also an invitation to a course entitled “To procure function in practice”, offered by a consultancy firm.