Changes to the time limits for bringing a claim for breach of the public procurement rules in England and Wales are to be introduced shortly. The new rules will mean that a bidder will have to bring proceedings within 30 days from the date when he or she first knew, or ought to have known, that grounds for starting proceedings have arisen. The courts will have the discretion to extend the time limit to up to three months when there are good reasons for doing so. The new rules will also introduce a number of other technical modifications to the rules. For instance, the entitlement to receive a “standstill” notice will apply only for bidders who submitted an offer. It will not apply to bidders who have already been excluded from the procurement process. The rules on automatic suspension will be amended to provide that the contracting authority must refrain from entering into a contract where a claim form has been issued and the contracting authority is aware of the claim. The new rules will be introduced by the Public Procurement (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011 and are due to come into effect on 1 October 2011.