All SPD questions are consistent whether you are using:
- the Word “paper” version of the SPD
- the SPD module in Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) or
- in PCS-Tender
However please note:
If you are using the SPD module in PCS: you will add your qualifying information e.g. standardised statements, into the specific SPD question in the PCS SPD module.
If you are using the word version of the SPD or the SPD within PCS-Tender: you will add your qualifying information e.g. standardised statements, in the PCS Contract Notice.
The UK has left the EU and the Transition Period ended on 31 December 2020. An effect of this is that the ESPD has been replaced by - the SPD (Single Procurement Document) that reflects the minor changes required.
Very little has changed in practical terms, however, there are some things that you should be aware of for procurement exercises that have commenced after the end of the transition period. From 11 p.m. on 31 December 2020:
1) The title of the ESPD (Scotland) has changed to SPD (Scotland).
2) The exclusion criterion concerning fraud relating to European Communities’ funds is no longer a valid ground for excluding bidders. This criterion must not be used in any procurement exercises that commence after the end of the transition period.
This exclusion criterion will be removed from the SPD (Scotland) templates available in the Procurement Journey and PCS-Tender..
3) There has been minor updates to the wording of standard SPD questions containing references to EU ‘Member States’. This will not change the meaning of the questions.
Please refer to the SPD guidance, documents and FAQs for further information.
Depending on the value and risk of your procurement exercise you will follow either the Route 2 or Route 3 SPD guidance:Go to Route 2 SPD Guidance Go to Route 3 SPD Guidance
The pre-EU Exit ESPD FAQs, guidance & documents, should continue to be utilised in procurement exercises that commenced prior to 11pm on 31st December 2020.
For further information on Changes to Procurement legislation at the end of the EU Exit Transition Period, please refer to SPPN 11/20