Public Procurement and Property

Transition to a fully online Single Procurement Document process

August 17, 2023 by No Comments | Category Scottish Procurement

From 1 April 2024 the Word version of the Single Procurement Document (SPD) will no longer be supported or updated by Scottish Government.

Following user research, the Word version of the SPD will be removed from the Procurement Journey website on 31st March 2024. All of the guidance relating to the SPD and the supplier selection process will continue to be available. From this date, the fully online versions of the SPD, available within PCS and PCS-Tender, will be the only ones updated, supported, and maintained by Scottish Government.  

The SPD was always intended to be an entirely online process, and this change will simplify the landscape, especially for SMEs, who have told us that continued support and use of the offline SPDs causes them issues when engaging with public procurement in Scotland.  

If you currently use the Word version of the SPD, (or any other offline version) to create your SPD requests, then you are advised to familiarise yourself with SPD functionality within PCS well in advance of 1 April 2024. The SPD module is intuitive and straightforward to use, and there are a number of additional resources to support users:  

We are also running series of buyer awareness sessions throughout 2023 to support buyers with the transition. Book a session online via Eventbrite.

If you need any further information, please contact Laura Martin ( or Steve Patterson ( 

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