Public Contract Scotland Tender (PCST)

PCS-Tender is the national eSourcing system provided by the Scottish Government. It is currently used by public sector organisations in Scotland including Local Authorities, NHS, HE/FE and Scottish Government sector for their Route 2 and 3 procurement exercises. 
PCS-Tender allows buyers to communicate securely with both their suppliers throughout the whole procurement lifecycle.
PCS-Tender includes the nationally agreed standard Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (sPQQ) which will assist in reducing the inconsistency in the selection process. Additionally, this functionality will reduce the burden on suppliers submitting the same information multiple times. Suppliers bidding for public contracts can now store, edit and re-use answers to these standard questions.
The system has been closely aligned with the Procurement Journey to ensure that best practice is embedded and is fully compliant with EU Procurement Directives.
Publication of a prior information notice (PIN)
When a contract is worth more than a certain threshold buyers may issue a prior information notice (PIN) - this is considered best practice, but is not a mandatory requirement for the buying organisation.
PINs allow you to prepare to bid for the contract before the procurement process officially begins. They also make it possible to reduce the time needed to complete a competition.
Generally speaking;
  • Public bodies will publish a PIN for supplies and services as soon as possible after the start of the financial year. This PIN will give details of supply and services contracts for which the public body expects to seek tenders in the next 12 months 
  •  For works contracts, a PIN must be issued as soon as possible after the planned work or works is approved
  • PINs will follow a standard form and will outline: who the buyer(s) is/are, what is required, the anticipated contract value, the type of contract, and when the requirement should be fulfilled
  •  One benefit of PINs is that they can make reductions in timescales for competitions possible. 

Last Reviewed: 28/01/2016