FAQ - What is the ESPD?

The European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) is a standard form for use by all EU member states, which replaces pre-qualification questionnaires, and should make the process of bidding for a public contract easier. Its purpose is to remove some of the barriers to participation in public procurement, especially for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

From 18 April 2016 all Scottish public bodies have issued and accepted the ESPD form for all procurement exercises above the EU threshold, and it is best practice for regulated (£50k and above for goods and services) procurements.

It should make the process of bidding for a public contract easier by allowing bidders to self-declare that they meet selection and exclusion criteria, without the need to provide evidence at that stage.

The same form will be used across the EU, so a bidder will be able to re-use a form which it has previously submitted for another competition, so long as the information is still correct.

In Scotland we refer to the ESPD as the ESPD (Scotland).

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