It can benefit both buyers and suppliers, but what exactly is the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) and how does it differ from a Framework?
In brief, the DPS is an electronic process used when contracting for works, services or goods. Set up according to the restrictions and conditions of Public Contracts Regulations 2015, it helps buyers comply with legislation and can speed the award of contracts.
Contracting authorities, including central purchasing bodies, set up the DPS, which may be divided into categories for products, works or services. Once set up, interested suppliers apply to join using a pre-qualification questionnaire. Those meeting the selection criteria will be admitted to the DPS.
When a specific contract opportunity arises, the buyer invites all suppliers in the relevant DPS category to bid.
Awarding under a DPS
Buyers must adhere to certain conditions. These include:
Pros of the DPS
The DPS can streamline processes. Suppliers don’t have to demonstrate suitability and capability every time they wish to compete for a public sector contract. Buyers can more easily find relevant suppliers. Tenders can be awarded more quickly.
Compared to a Framework, the DPS is more flexible as suppliers may join it at any time during its period of validity.
Other benefits include:
If you like to learn more about the DPS, how it works and how you could benefit, please get in touch.