All suppliers who have been awarded on to the DPS have already passed the first stage, the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ). This included supplier information, exclusion & selection criteria, economic & financial standing and technical & professional ability.
Benefits for contracting authorities include:
- Shortened procurement times as advertisement in OJEU and PQQ stage have already been undertaken- no further advertisement is necessary.
- Increased competition as local providers can apply to get on to the DPS at any time during its period of validity.
- Participating organisations can develop their own specification, based on pre-developed templates, to meet their own requirements and formulate the award criteria more precisely.
- Award of individual tenders can be quicker than under some other procedures - the minimum time limit for return of tenders is 10 days.
For full information on how the DPS works, please read our User Guide.