European Single Procurement Document (Scotland): SPPN 06/2016

This policy note details the new procurement rules that are coming into force in Scotland on 18 April 2016.

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1. New procurement rules are coming into force in Scotland on 18 April 2016. We told you about some of the changes in SPPN 06/2015 and SPPN 01/2016. We have also developed e-learning on the changes, which is available to anyone.

2. This SPPN focusses on one significant change in particular, the introduction of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) (Scotland), and what this means for public purchasers.

Key points

  • the new EU Public Procurement Directive introduced a requirement to use the ESPD
  • the ESPD (Scotland) replaces the standard pre-qualification questionnaire (SPQQ), and covers all selection criteria and grounds for exclusion
  • buyers must use the ESPD (Scotland) in all procurement exercises worth at least the EU threshold which are commenced on or after 18 April 2016
  • we recommend buyers use the ESPD (Scotland) for lower value procurement exercises regulated by the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014
  • buyers cannot add to or change the questions in the ESPD (Scotland)
  • buyers must clearly set out their selection criteria, method of short-listing and grounds for exclusion in the contract notice
  • we have developed standard statements to help buyers develop their contract notice

What will this mean for buyers?

3. Frequently asked questions are annexed.


4. Please bring this SPPN to the attention of all relevant staff within your field of responsibility to whom it may be of interest.


5. Any enquiries in relation to this guidance should be addressed to Scottish Procurement:


Any enquiries relating to this SPPN should be addressed to Scottish Procurement:

Scottish Procurement
The Scottish Government
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU

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