FAQ - How Does the ESPD Work?

If the procurement officer is using PCS-Tender or the ESPD (Scotland) Word document for their procurement exercise, then they will set out the specific requirements and minimum standards that are relevant and proportionate for the procurement exercise in the Contract Notice (or the PIN if that is being used as a call for competition). 

If the procurement officer is using the online ESPD (Scotland) Module on Public Contracts Scotland the above is not necessary as the relevant information is contained within this Module. 

If using PCS-T or the ESPD (Scotland) word document, Procurement Officers must set out the specific requirements and minimum standards that are relevant and proportionate for the procurement exercise in the Contract Notice (or the PIN if that is being used as a call for competition). 

The procurement officer will then publish an ESPD which is relevant to their procurement exercise and make it available for anyone interested in bidding for their contract.

Bidders will complete and submit their ESPD response to the procurement officer, using one of the three methods outlined above.  The procurement officer will then assess the bidders suitability against the selection and exclusion criteria.

The ESPD (Scotland) can be issued to bidders within a tender document (when using an Open Procedure) or before the tender document is issued i.e. it is the first stage of a Restricted Procedure, Competitive Dialogue, Competitive Procedure with Negotiation or Innovative Partnership Procedure.

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