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PPN 03/24: Standard Selection Questionnaire (SQ)


PPN 03/24, titled “Standard Selection Questionnaire (SQ),” was issued by the UK Government on March 27, 2024. Here are the key points from this policy note:

  1. Scope and Dissemination:
    • The PPN applies to all contracting authorities in England, as well as contracting authorities in Wales and Northern Ireland that exercise wholly or mainly reserved functions.
    • It pertains to above threshold procurements within part 2 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015).
    • The revised standard selection questions and any other changes are to be in use at the latest by 3 months after the publication date but can be used immediately.
  2. Revised Standard Selection Questions:
    • The PPN updates the Selection Questionnaire (SQ) and accompanying statutory guidance.
    • This PPN replaces the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) with the Single Procurement Document (SPD) and emphasises updated payment and steel-related questions, clarity on bids from Russian/Belarusian suppliers, and removal of references to PAS91.
    • The SQ template has been revised to support the move to e-procurement platforms.
  3. Guidance and References:
    • The document contains statutory guidance on the process of supplier selection and standard selection questions.
    • It includes:
      • Annex A: Guidance on the selection stage process.
      • Annex B: Standard selection questions.
      • Annex C: Selection questionnaire template.
      • Annex D: Exclusion grounds.

For more details, you can refer to the full PPN 03/24 document.