The UK has left the EU and the Transition Period ended on 31 December 2020.  An effect of this is that the ESPD has been replaced by a new document - the SPD (Single Procurement Document) that reflects the minor changes required.

What’s changed?

Very little has changed in practical terms, however, there are some things that you should be aware of for procurement exercises commencing after the end of the transition period. From 11 p.m. on 31 December 2020:

 1) The title of the ESPD (Scotland) will be changing to SPD (Scotland). 

2) The exclusion criterion concerning fraud relating to European Communities’ funds will no longer be a valid ground for excluding bidders. This criterion must not be used in any procurement exercises that commence after the end of the transition period.

This exclusion criterion will be removed from the SPD (Scotland) templates available in the Procurement Journey and PCS-Tender. However, it will still be visible in the SPD module within PCS, defaulted to ‘not selected’, pending it’s removal when the next upgrade is carried out. It must not be selected, or used to evaluate any SPD responses for procurement exercises commencing after the end of the transition period.

3) There will be minor updates to the wording of standard SPD questions containing references to EU ‘Member States’. This will not change the meaning of the questions.

Please refer to the SPD guidancedocuments and FAQs for further information.

The pre-EU Exit ESPD FAQsguidance & documents, should continue to be utilised in procurement exercises that commenced prior to 11pm on 31st December 2020.

For further information on Changes to Procurement legislation at the end of the EU Exit Transition Period, please refer to SPPN 11/20