The SPD is a standard questionnaire that allows buyers to identify suitably qualified and experienced bidders. It contains questions relating to both exclusion and selection criteria.
Many questions in the SPD are generic. In some cases, you (as the buyer) must add to the standard SPD selection questions with the specific minimum requirements for your procurement exercise. You must ensure that any requirements are proportionate to the value and risk of your procurement exercise, and are not demanding for bidders.
Bidders will use their SPD response to indicate whether they can meet the requirements of the procurement exercise.
The questionnaire is a self-declaration form and suppliers do not need to provide any evidence upfront unless there are clear reasons for doing so.
There are 3 ways to issue an SPD request:
- the Word “paper” version of the SPD
- the SPD module in Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) or
Depending on the value and risk of your procurement exercise you will follow either the Route 2 or Route 3 SPD guidance:Route 2 SPD Guidance Route 3 SPD Guidance
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available to assist you.
The Supplier Journey contains guidance to help suppliers with completing their SPD response.
If you are carrying out a procurement exercise that requires you to continue to use the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD), please refer to the ESPD guidance. If you are in any doubt as to whether this applies, please seek legal advice.