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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.
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.