The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has just published a procurement policy note containing statutory guidance on the selection stage and an updated version of its standard pre-qualification questionnaire. This is mandated for use in over-threshold procurements by virtue of Regulation 107.
Why was a new PQQ document needed?
The old PQQ needed updating in order to fit together with the requirements of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD). There has been an obligation on contracting authorities to accept ESPDs since January of this year and of course a mismatch has arisen between the standard form ESPD and the CCS's PQQ. The ESPD allows suppliers to simply self-certify that they meet the requirements with the contracting authority seeking evidence of this only from the winning bidder at the end of the process. The new document is aligned with the ESPD.
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