Yesterday, the European Commission's new forms for use under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 went live on the SIMAP website. The Crown Commercial Service has also published a policy note on the topic.
Contracting authorities should now use these new forms for procurements regulated by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 rather than relying on the transitional workaround that has previously been in place.
That said the CCS guidance does state that 'due to the requirement to adapt systems to accept the new standard forms and notices and the time needed to re-qualify some e-Senders may not have the new standard forms and notices available in December. The transitional arrangements may continue whilst the TED re-qualification phase is taking place.'
Of particular interest are the 'new' forms for example those for use in relation to substantial modifications under Regulations 72(1)(b) and (c) and the new contract notice and award notice forms for procurements falling under the Light Touch Regime.
Also available on the SIMAP site are new forms that will be required under the new Utilities directive and the new Concessions directive (which will be implemented here in April 2016 by the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 and the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 respectively).
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