Changes to Public Procurement Rules

Changes to Public Procurement Rules following the UK's exit from the European Union.

Changes to Procurement Rules - EU Exit

The transition period following the UK's exit from the European Union ended on the 31 December 2020.  As a result of this, slight changes were made to Public Procurement Legislation and Documentation reflected this.


Single Procurement Document (SPD) (Scotland)

The previous 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 Small and Medium Enterprise's (SME's). 

Following the UK's exit from the EU, the ESPD has been replaced by the Single Procurement Document (SPD) (Scotland).  Some minor changes to the content of the SPD have been carried out to ensure compliance following the exit.

West Lothian Council will continue to use Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) as normal to create and publish contract notices, however following the exit, the UK's Find a Tender Service (FTS) will replace the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for advertising above threshold contracts.


Additional Information

Please see below link  to access qualification criteria associated with SPD (Scotland) question 4D including; Quality Management, Health and Safety and Environmental Management Procedures. 

Icon for pdf Single Procurement Document Question 4D [52.28KB]


Further Publications

Further Information on Procurement Policy updates can be found on the Scottish Government's Website.



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