European Single Procurement Document (ESPD)
The European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) is intended by the European Commission to remove some of the barriers to participation in public procurement, especially for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It helps to simplify the procurement process on both sides – public sector companies buying goods or services issue an ESPD request and potential suppliers respond to this, if they want to bid for the contract.
It provides the buyers with evidence that the supplier meets minimum criteria to progress to the next stage of the procurement process. The good news is that the ESPD will replace the requirement for suppliers to provide up-front evidence of certificates by allowing them to self-declare. Suppliers will only be asked to provide proof at a later stage – so it helps to speed things up.
How ESPD works
The Proactis ESPD can be used by buyers and suppliers as part of their procurement process - it’s an online tool that’s easy to uses.
If you are a buyer, our ESPD tool can be used to set out your selection and exclusion criteria, including any minimum standards and methods for short listing in your contract notice. The tool will guide you through the creation process from start to finish.