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Dynamic Purchasing Systems

A Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is a procedure available for contracts for works, services and goods commonly available on the market. It has some aspects that are similar to a framework agreements, but where new suppliers can join at any time.

It is to be run as a completely electronic process, and should be set up using the restricted procedure and some other conditions.

Public Bodies may set up a DPS which may be divided into categories of goods, works or services.

The DPS is a two-stage process. First, in the initial setup stage, all suppliers who meet the selection criteria and are not excluded must be admitted to the DPS. This is assessed through completed of an ESPD by all interested suppliers.

Public bodies must not impose any limit on the number of suppliers that may join a DPS. Unlike framework agreements, suppliers can also apply to join the DPS at any point during its lifetime. Individual contracts are awarded during the second stage. In this stage, the public body invites all suppliers on the DPS (or the relevant category within the DPS) to bid for the specific contract.

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