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The Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016

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Periodic indicative notices
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65.—(1) A utility may make known its intentions of a planned procurement through the publication of a periodic indicative notice.

(2) A periodic indicative notice must contain the information set out in section I of Part A of Annex VI to the Utilities Contracts Directive.

(3) A utility wishing to publish a periodic indicative notice must—

(a)send it for publication in accordance with regulation 69 (form and manner of sending notices for publication at EU level); or

(b)publish it on the utility’s buyer profile in accordance with regulation 70 (publication at national level).

(4) Where the utility intends to publish the periodic indicative notice on its buyer profile, the utility must send for publication, in accordance with regulation 69 (form and manner of sending notices for publication at EU level), a notice of the publication on its buyer profile.

(5) The notice of publication referred to in paragraph (4) must contain the information set out in Part B of Annex VI to the Utilities Contracts Directive.

(6) Where a utility uses a periodic indicative notice as a call for competition in respect of either a restricted procedure or a negotiated procedure with prior call for competition, the notice must—

(a)refer specifically to the works, supplies or services that will be the subject of the contract to be awarded;

(b)indicate that the contract will be awarded by restricted procedure or negotiated procedure without further publication of a call for competition and invite interested economic operators to express their interest;

(c)contain, in addition to the information set out in section I of Part A of Annex VI to the Utilities Contracts Directive, the information set out in section II of that Part; and

(d)have been sent for publication in accordance with regulation 69 (form and manner of sending notices for publication at EU level) between 35 days and 12 months prior to the date on which an invitation to confirm interest is sent for the purposes of regulation 72(3) (invitations to candidates).

(7) In addition to sending a periodic indicative notice used for the purpose mentioned in paragraph (6) for publication in accordance with regulation 69 (form and manner of sending notices for publication at EU level), a utility may publish such a notice on its buyer profile in accordance with regulation 70 (publication at national level).

(8) Subject to paragraph (9), the period covered by a periodic indicative notice must be a maximum of 12 months from the date on which the notice is sent for publication.

(9) In the case of a contract for social and other specific services referred to in Schedule 2 (social and other specific services), a periodic indicative notice referred to in regulation 89(1)(b) (publication of notices) may cover a period which is longer than 12 months from the date on which the notice is sent for publication.

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