Monday, 3 October 2016

New Selection Questionnaire (SQ) to replace PQQ

So in England & Wales the Pooh sticks have finally emerged under the bridge, and we have guidance on replacing the traditional public sector Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) with something that is compliant with the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD).

Note that in Scotland the ESPD has been in use for months, and guess what - is not the same as the new SQ form for use in England (and at least in part in Northern Ireland and Wales).

Guidance is available at in Procurement Policy Note 8/16, replacing PPN 03/15.

So what are the changes?
Well in brief it is in 3 parts, and you cannot change the first 2 at all - and the 3rd must be "proportionate".  Suppliers can re-submit previously completed SQs as they will have all the same information - they can also do  this by submitting a ESPD and referring to that.
There is clarity that you should use a PQQ for works projects above the OJEU threshold for supply of goods, and below the OJEU threshold for Works (it was not clear before) - and that for this you should use PAS91.

Few more odds and ends too.
Generally I think it could have been a bit simpler, but is a step forward.  Of course not being the same as Scotland is a step back.

In terms of Brexit, leaving aside the ESPD compliance I don't think it will have any impact.  Happy for others to clarify if it does

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