Pre-qualification questionnaires [Archived]
Produced in partnership with Lee Digings of Lee Digings Associates
Pre-qualification questionnaires [Archived]

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Lee Digings of Lee Digings Associates provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Pre-qualification questionnaires [Archived]
  • How pre-qualification questionnaires are used
  • EU rules
  • Domestic rules
  • Abolition of pre-qualification questionnaires for below-threshold procurement
  • Standardisation of pre-qualification questionnaires for above-threshold procurement
  • Defence and security procurement
  • Construction procurement
  • Devolved administrations

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

This archived Practice Note provides background reading on pre-qualification questionnaires in public procurement prior to the introduction of new statutory guidance and a revised standard form Selection Questionnaire (SQ) for above-threshold public procurement exercises under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, SI 2015/102. This Practice Note states the law prior to 9 September 2016 and is not maintained. It is for background information only. For more information on the current regime, see Practice Note: Pre-qualification and selection questionnaires.

How pre-qualification questionnaires are used

In UK practice, the information needed to assess the credentials of bidders for public contracts is conventionally collected by means of a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).

In procedures governed by the EU public procurement rules (see Practice Note: Introduction to public contracts procurement), the information collected through the PQQ is used to establish whether grounds for exclusion are met and to carry out qualitative selection of bidders.

See also Precedent: Pre-qualification questionnaire [Archived].

EU rules

PQQs used for EU procurements must comply with Part 2 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015), SI 2015/102, and, in particular:

  1. exclusion grounds—reg 57

  2. selection criteria—reg 58

  3. objective and non-discriminatory criteria or rules used to limit the number of candidates, meeting minimum criteria, to be invited to tender or to conduct a competitive dialogue (where applicable)

A PQQ is normally used at an

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