European Single Procurement Document (ESPD)
The new EU Procurement Directives made provision for the introduction of a European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) which is intended by the European Commission to remove some of the barriers to participation in public procurement, especially for SMEs.
The ESPD (Scotland) will replace the requirement for suppliers to provide up-front evidence or certificates by allowing them to self-declare that they meet the relevant selection and exclusion criteria. Bidders will be asked to provide proof of this at a later stage.
From Monday 18 April 2016 all Scottish public bodies must issue and accept the ESPD for all procurements worth more than the EU thresholds. This will replace the standard pre-qualification questionnaire (sPQQ) and any local PQQs used by public bodies.