The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has published a revised set of core PQQ questions, which replaces with immediate effect the version previously published via PPN 01/12.

PPN 08/14 is binding on all Central Government Departments, including Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies; however CCS strongly recommends that other contracting authorities also adopt use of the core PQQ questions where appropriate.

The main changes include new questions relating to:

  • assessing past performance when considering reliability (PPN 09/12: Taking Account of Bidders' Past Performance refers); and
  • bidder's tax compliance (PPN: 03/14: Promoting Tax Compliance refers).

CCS intends to introduce a new approach to assessing bidder suitability upon transposition of the new procurement directive (2014/24/EU).

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