Audit & Assurance Services (A&AS)

Access audit and assurance services including internal and external audit, counter fraud and investigation.


05/10/2021: We are holding an online event for new and existing CCS customers to provide:

  • an overview of the new agreement
  • key features
  • how to use it

This event will take place on 11 November 2021 at 9:30am to 10:55am.

To take part in this event, register on eventbrite.




Central government and wider public sector can access cost effective audit and assurance services from a range of suppliers across 4 specific lots.

This agreement replaces lot 3 of Management Consultancy Framework RM3745.

You can access the following services through this agreement:

  • Internal audit and assurance
  • external audit
  • counter fraud and investigation 
  • other independent assurance

For a more detailed description of the service lines provided under each lot, read the lot description document.

This agreement will run for four years and there will be no option to extend.


  • a new framework designed to provide audit and assurance services
  • wide range of suppliers from SMEs to large multinationals
  • all suppliers are Cyber Essentials accredited
  • terms and conditions specifically adapted for the audit market
  • competitive market rates
  • maximum rates fixed for the life of the agreement
  • comprehensive customer guidance and templates
  • choice of pricing models including: time and materials, fixed, or risk and reward
  • dedicated and knowledgeable contract management team to support you

Products and suppliers

There are 37 suppliers on this agreement

Lot 1: Internal audit and assurance


20 suppliers

Lot 2: External audit


13 suppliers

Lot 3: Counter fraud & investigation


19 suppliers

Lot 4: Other independent assurance


26 suppliers

How to buy

Before using this agreement, you will need to read the customer guidance..

Further competition is the default route to market for this agreement, however you may be able to direct award. For further details, read Framework Schedule 7 (Call-Off Award Procedure)

To access the pricing for this agreement, email the team.

Further competition

You can use your own eSourcing system or you can use our eSourcing tool to run your further competition. If this is your first time using our eSourcing suite, you will need to register an account.

To run a further competition you will need to:

  1. clearly define your requirements see template T2 Attachment 3 Statement of Requirements
  2. identify which lot is most suitable for your needs, read the lot descriptions
  3. issue a request for information (RFI) (optional)
  4. develop tender documentation
  5. identify suppliers capable of meeting your needs, to do this you can use the service line matrix
  6. establish appropriate timescales for your procurement
  7. issue expression of interest (EOI) (optional)
  8. issue tender to all agreement suppliers identified using the digital tool and EOI
  9. evaluate supplier responses
  10. award a contract to the successful supplier(s) and notify unsuccessful suppliers
  11. you may wish to include a 10 day standstill period before award (optional)

Direct award

To run a direct award you will need to:

  1. develop a clear statement of requirements see template T2 Attachment 3 Statement of Requirements
  2. apply the direct award criteria as detailed in Framework Schedule 7 (Call-Off Award Procedure)
  3. award the Call-Off Contract to the successful Supplier