Once the contracting authority has established that the proposed contract falls within the remit of the legislation and has selected which procedure to use, it must prepare the necessary tender documentation.
A Guide to Drafting Invitations to Tender provides more detail on recommended content and structure of tender documentation and Step 4 Deliver, has more general guidance on what should be included in a tender document.
However, for tenders that exceed the relevant EU Threshold, several other matters must also be considered:
- Division of contract into Lots
- Technical specifications
- Selection criteria
- Award criteria
- Variant Bids
- Conditions for performance of contracts
- Other obligations