Route 3 - Issue ITT - ITT Administration

It is considered best practice to use PCS-Tender, if the Procurement Officer has access, to manage the administrative aspects of the tendering process. If PCS-Tender is being used, the relevant project code should be entered into the Contract Notice on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS). Alternatively, if the Procurement Officer does not have access to PCS-Tender, then Public Contracts Scotland – Advertising should be utilised throughout the process.

Electronic tendering enables you to manage the procurement process online. It reduces the paperwork involved in tendering exercises, provides an electronic audit trail and allows the organisation to provide a faster response to questions and points of clarification during the tender process.

Tender documentation should provide tenderers with background information about the services required, as well as setting out the detailed requirements. Tender documentation will typically comprise instructions to tenderers with the conditions to participate.

You must offer on the internet unrestricted and full direct access, in a non-discriminatory manner, free of charge, to the Invitation to Tender documents from the date of publication of a Contract Notice, or (if a PIN is used as a call for competition) the date on which the Invitation to Confirm Interest was sent. Only those tenderers which have passed the selection stage of the procedure will be allowed to tender in a two-stage procedure.

For the following procedures:

An invitation by an Organisation to selected tenderers to submit a tender must be issued simultaneously and in writing. However the Open Procedure allows for ITTs to be issued on request at any point prior to the date set for submission of tenders. 

Where ITT documents cannot be issued electronically, for example because the contract is of a nature which requires the use of specialised tools and/or files, other transmission means can be used but the tender time limit should be increased by five days except where permitted in a case of duly substantiated urgency.

Timescales for each procedure can be found in the relevant Procurement Route station. Deadlines must be extended where additional information requested by a bidder, which is requested in good time and is of significant importance, is not supplied at least six days before the deadline, or where significant changes are made to the procurement documents. This will be reduced to four days when the accelerated procedure is used. The length of extension must be proportionate to the complexity of the change and/or the additional information being provided. To proceed with a tender extension the necessary approval must be obtained in accordance with your internal governance and legislation. If the date is amended, the new date should be notified to all tenderers, and if any tenderer indicates that they have already submitted a tender then they should be given the opportunity of withdrawing the original tender and submitting a revised one in line with the extended tender deadline.

As with all aspects of the Procurement Journey, the activities at this stage must be carried out in a carefully managed manner that supports the Principles of Procurement. As a minimum the processes must be carried out in a transparent way that ensures there is no distortion of the market place, the outcome cannot be a procurement that unduly favours or disadvantages a particular bidder and it is the responsibility of the Organisation to make sure that these requirements are met.

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