Time limits in procurement procedures

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  • Time limits in procurement procedures

Time limits in procurement procedures

This table outlines the minimum time limits by which bidders have to respond to advertised public procurements, based on Crown Commercial Service guidance: Crown Commercial Service—A brief guide to the 2014 EU Public Procurement Directives.

The minimum time limits for the key public procurement procedures are as follows:

NORMAL MINIMUM TIME LIMITMINIMUM TIME LIMIT IF ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION PERMITTEDMINIMUM TIME LIMIT IF URGENT*MINIMUM TIME LIMIT WHERE PRIOR INFORMATION NOTICE (PIN) PUBLISHED**MINIMUM TIME LIMIT IF SUB-CENTRAL CONTRACTING AUTHORITY
Open procedure Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015), SI 2015/102, reg 27 (For further reading, see Practice Note: Public procurement—open procedure)
Receipt of tenders35 days30 days15 days15 days-
Restricted procedure PCR 2015, SI 2015/102, reg 28 (For further reading, see Practice Note: Public procurement—restricted procedure)
Receipt of requests to participate30 days-15 days--
Receipt of tenders30 days25 days10 days10 daysMinimum time limit to be set by agreement with all selected candidates
(10 days in the absence of agreement)
Restricted procedure for Dynamic Purchasing Systems PCR 2015, SI 2015/102, reg 34 (For further reading, see Practice Note: Introduction to framework agreements and dynamic purchasing systems—What are the main features and requirements of dynamic purchasing systems under PCR 2015?)
Receipt of requests to participate 30 days (for the first specific procurement under the dynamic purchasing
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