The European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) is a self-declaration form used in public procurement procedures by public buyers and businesses in the EU. Before the introduction of the ESPD, companies were required to submit various documents to prove that they fulfil the exclusion and selection criteria of a tender, for example have paid taxes and have not been convicted of criminal activity. Now, companies are able to meet these obligations with a single ESPD self-declaration form. The actual documents will only have to be provided by the winner of the tender. The ESPD service is also integrated with eCertis - a mapping tool used to identify and compare certificates requested in public procurement procedures across the EU.
ESPD services are now widely available in the EU. A regularly-updated but non-exhaustive list can be found below. National services are often integrated with other systems such as eTendering services, national databases, and prequalification systems. As such, they might support buyers and suppliers by filling in the ESPD automatically. Almost all national ESPD services have benefited from EU funding.
The role of the European Commission’s ESPD service was to support the uptake of this tool during the initial phase. The Commission’s ESPD service will be phased out in April 2019. The obligation to use the ESPD remains in force however. It can be met by using national ESPD services.
There are five possible ways to use the ESPD:
The ESPD and eCertis play a crucial role in the digital transformation of public procurement. They contribute to EU countries’ transition to full e-procurement, significantly reduce administrative burden and simplify access to cross-border tendering opportunities. The full potential of the eESPD will be reached when tenderers will provide links to repositories, which hold data proving their compliance with the exclusion and selection criteria. In this way, the eESPD will act as a “business passport” for companies bidding for tenders anywhere in the EU.
Documents and links
Infographic: What is the ESPD?
Infographic: How the ESPD works