Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS)

Overview

Using a DPS you can search using a range of criteria to identify suitable suppliers. Once you have identified a list of suppliers you can then run a further competition.

Take a look at the DPSs we currently offer.

How to buy

  • register as a buyer and view the available DPS agreements
  • run a competition among eligible suppliers against your criteria and contract.

Best for:

  • a range of goods and services in flexible markets
  • requirements that can be fulfilled by small suppliers.

Not appropriate for:

  • direct award or catalogue requirements
  • immediate delivery.

Payment methods

Whatever individual suppliers can support, including:

  • purchase order
  • debit, credit or ePCS cards
  • your in-house payment process.

Who can use

Anyone authorised to access the DPS Marketplace as a public sector buyer on behalf of your organisation.

Time to supply

  • depends on service/product
  • simple requirements can be quoted within 10 days.

Pros

  • suppliers are able to apply to join at any point, increasing the range of competition through the life of the DPS
  • unlimited numbers of suppliers and unrestricted access to smaller suppliers
  • a DPS is not limited to a maximum term of four years
  • you can filter by different requirements to find suppliers to complete your requirement
  • you can shape your competition, contract type and terms (within limits)
  • suppliers self-certify making joining quick and simple.

Cons

  • purchase by further competition only. Direct award not permitted
  • you have to check supplier credentials before awarding a contract.

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Can't find what you're looking for?

If none of your requirements can be met by a CCS catalogue or agreement, you can run an EU tender.

Learn more EU tenders