Procurement in a nutshell – implementation of new EU standard forms
11th December, 2015
In this Procurement in a Nutshell, we will be discussing the new standard forms issued by the European Commission and the recent Procurement Policy Note published by the Crown Commercial Service.
The Procurement Policy Note on the availability of standard EU forms and notices for public procurement can be found here.
On 11 November 2015, the Commission passed a regulation implementing new standard forms which would ensure compliance with the legal requirements of the new directives.
New CCS guidance has been published on the forms published by the EU stating that the forms should be used from 3 December 2015.
Why is it important?
We discussed in a previous nutshell the transitional forms and notices to be used under the Public Contract Regulations 2015. We advised that Contracting Authorities should use the new standard forms once the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has made these available through the e-sender system.
Contracting authorities should now use the new standard forms and notices in relation to procurements under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
The new standard forms and notices will be accessible on the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) website, under eNotices, on 3 December 2015.
Transitional arrangements of amending the information on the existing forms and notices have ended now that the new standard forms and notices are available from TED eNotices and the TED e-Sender system.
How can I find out more?
If you have any questions on the guidance or the procurement process, please get in touch for assistance via our procurement hotline on 0191 204 4464.
Please note that this briefing is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.
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