Last edited 02 Sep 2021

Innovative partnership procedure

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[edit] Introduction

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 different types of procurement procedures that are available under SPD (Scotland). One such type of procurement is the innovative partnership procedure.

[edit] Definition

According to the STAR Procurement Glossary of Terms, an innovation partnership is: ‘A new route to market permitted in procurement regulations, allowing (public bodies) to work with suppliers to develop a new product or service, and to permit the subsequent purchase of that product or service without the requirement to undertake a new openly advertised tender.’

The Construction Procurement Handbook further states: ‘These partnerships are intended to enable clients to call for bids without pre-empting the solution where the requirement cannot be delivered by the current options available to the market.’

This type of partnership procedure is meant to encourage innovation and is essentially a procurement process that incorporates a research and development agreement. Commercial confidentiality is prioritised if this type of procedure is used.

[edit] Details of the procedure

Under the innovative partnership procedure:

Initially introduced under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the innovative partnership procedure has not been widely adopted. However, it is one of the six main procedures for higher value regulated public sector procurement in Scotland. Some procurement officers may choose to follow one of these procedures even if the contract is estimated to be lower than the suggested budgetary thresholds.

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