Gateway Procurement Services is pleased to announce we have been accepted onto the London Borough of Waltham Forest Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Specialist Professional Services after undergoing a rigorous accreditation and enrolment process.
This Dynamic Purchasing System is accessible for use by UK Public Sector Bodies (and any future successor organisations) which includes Central Government Departments and their Arm’s Length Bodies and Agencies, Non-Departmental Public Bodies, NHS bodies and Local Authorities.
What is a Dynamic Purchasing System?
The Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is a procedure available for contracts for works, services and goods commonly available on the market. As a procurement tool, it has some aspects that are similar to an electronic framework agreement, but where new suppliers can join at any time. However, it has its own specific set of requirements. It is to be run as a completely electronic process, and should be set up using the restricted procedure and some other conditions (as set out in Regulation 34 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015). Contracting authorities, including central purchasing bodies, may set up a DPS. The DPS should be set up for identified types of requirement, which may be divided into categories of products, works or services.
The DPS is a two-stage process. First, in the initial setup stage, all suppliers who meet the selection criteria and are not excluded must be admitted to the DPS. Contracting authorities must not impose any limit on the number of suppliers that may join a DPS. Unlike framework agreements, suppliers can also apply to join the DPS at any point during its lifetime. Individual contracts are awarded during the second stage. In this stage, the authority invites all suppliers on the DPS (or the relevant category within the DPS) to bid for the specific contract.
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