The Standstill Period provides for a short (at least a 10 calendar day) pause between the point when the contract award decision is notified to bidders, and the final contract conclusion.
For contracts with an estimated value equal to or above the higher value regulated procurement thresholds there is a requirement to observe a Standstill Period. For contracts worth less than the threshold, procurement officers may choose to observe a voluntary standstill period, but they can go ahead and award the contract without a Standstill Period.
The purpose of the Standstill Period is to give unsuccessful bidders some time to:
If unsuccessful bidders have any concerns with regards to the contract award decision, they should be raised to the public body during this Standstill Period.
Where it is legally required, the minimum standstill period is calculated depending on the means of communication used to transmit the standstill notice:
If a public body fails to correctly maintain a required standstill period, it can incur a financial penalty and the contract may be abandoned.