The transition period following the UK’s exit from the EU is coming to an end. This will result in some changes to the way that procurement notices are published from 11 pm on 31 December 2020. These changes are outlined below, with the key message being that Scottish public sector buyers should continue to use Public Contracts Scotland.
Publishing Public Procurement Notices
Buyers should continue to use Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) as normal to create and publish their contract notices. PCS will then automatically transfer notices to:
OJEU/TED for public contracts (above threshold) which commence before 11 pm on 31 December 2020
The UK Find a Tender Service (FTS) for public contracts (above threshold) which commence on or after 11pm on 31 December 2020 [FTS is new and replaces the role of Tenders Electronic Daily, the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU/TED) in the procurement process]
PCS users should continue to contact the PCS helpdesk using the Contact Us button or by calling 0800 222 9003
Public Contracts Scotland – Tender (PCS-T)
Buyers should continue to use PCS-Tender as normal.
PCS-T users should continue to contact the helpdesk using the Contact Us button or by calling 0800 069 8630
European Single Procurement Document (ESPD)
The ESPD (Scotland) will be renamed the Single Procurement Document (SPD). There will be some minor changes made to the document. Further details will be issued in the coming weeks.
If you have any queries about the change from the ESPD to the SPD, please contact: Procurement_Development@gov.scot
Standard Documentation and Guidance
Standard documentation, templates and guidance within the Procurement Journey and Supplier Journey will be updated to reflect any changes as a result of the EU transition period ending.
Further communications will be issued over the coming weeks.
If you have any queries regarding changes to the Procurement Journey or Supplier Journey please email: Procurement_Development@gov.scot