Last edited 21 Sep 2021

Competitive procedure with negotiation

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[edit] Definition

Initially introduced under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the competitive procedure with negotiation is one of the six main procedures for higher value regulated public sector procurement.

According to the STAR Procurement Glossary of Terms, a competitive procedure with negotiation may take place, “following the receipt of initial tender responses, [after which] the tenderer could choose to negotiate with more than one [provider] before a final contract award is made. This might be beneficial where the requirement is complex or requires innovative solutions.”

The Construction Procurement Handbook further explains that the conditions for competitive procedure with negotiation may exist when:

Guidance issued by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) stated that this method should only be used under ‘...very exceptional circumstances’ (ref OGC: Guidance on the competitive dialogue procedure in the new procurement regulations, 2006).

[edit] Details of the procedure in Scotland

The Single Procurement Document (Scotland) - also referred to as SPD (Scotland) - is a document that contains questions used at the selection stage for post-Brexit procurement exercises in Scotland to identify suitably qualified and experienced bidders. The Supplier Journey portion of the Scottish Government’s procurement guidance website offers an overview of the competitive procedure with negotiation:

Interested parties participating in competitive procedure with negotiation arrangements are given, on average, at least 30 days to submit selection stage documents. This timeline starts from the day the contract notice is sent for publication.

For the award stage, possible participants are also typically given a minimum of 30 days to respond. This timescale can be amended depending on whether a Prior Information Notice was issued (and how it has been used) or in instances where bids will be accepted electronically.

Details of all of the tender timelines should be provided in the tender documents. If there is a justifiable reason to change the tender closing date, the new date should be communicated to all bidders. If a tender has already been submitted, the bidder should be given the opportunity to withdraw the original bid and submit a revised one.

It is the responsibility of all suppliers to ensure that their bids have been submitted in accordance with the rules of the competition and before the specified deadline.

To respond, suppliers should:

Non-conformant bids will be disqualified from the competition.

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