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Changes following the introduction of the European Single Procurement Document (Scotland)

New procurement rules are coming into force in Scotland on 18 April 2016.

One significant change is the introduction of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) Scotland. This replaces the standard pre-qualification questionnaire (SPQQ), and covers all selection criteria and grounds for exclusion.

Public bodies must use the ESPD (Scotland) in all procurement exercises worth at least the EU threshold which commence on or after 18 April 2016. We also recommend that public bodies use it for lower value procurement exercises regulated by the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

We have produced guidance for businesses which bid for public contracts and we have published a Scottish Procurement Policy Note 06/2016 aimed at buyers.

The ESPD (Scotland) will be available on PCS-Tender and in the Procurement Journey from next week (week commencing 28 March 2016). Standardised statements for buyers to use in contract notices will also be available in the Procurement Journey next week.

You can read more about the changes which are coming in SPPN 06/2015. We have also developed e‑learning on the changes, which is available to everyone.