Contracting authorities will need to publish public procurement notices from 1 January 2021 on a new e-notification service called Find a Tender, the Cabinet Office has said.
The requirement to use Find a Tender replaces the requirement to publish notices in the Official Journal of the European Union, which will tstop when the transition perod post-Brexit ends.
“If you use a third party ‘eSender’ to manage your procurement notices, you will be able to continue to use them provided that they have confirmed they can publish notices to Find a Tender,” the Cabinet Office said.
It added that the following eSenders had completed this work:
- ADB (UK) Limited
- Atamis Limited
- BiP Solutions
- European Dynamics
- EU Supply
- In-Tend Ltd
- Proactis Tenders Ltd (part of Proactis)
- Wax Digital
“If you do not use an eSender and/or intend to publish notices directly to Find a Tender, you will need to register with the service. This can be done now by creating a buyer’s account on Contracts Finder. All Contracts Finder accounts will automatically be given access to publish notices on Find a Tender,” the Cabinet Office said.
It added that businesses would be able to use Find a Tender to view opportunities. They will also still be able to use existing portals such as Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI to view low value or location specific notices.