The EU Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations (DSPCR) 2011

The DSPCR establishes rules for the procurement of defence and sensitive security equipment and services by contracting authorities in the UK.



The DSPCR came into effect on 21 August 2011. It establishes new rules specifically for the procurement of defence and sensitive security equipment and related goods, works and services by contracting authorities, including MOD, and utilities throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Visit DSPCR Statutory Instrument (SI 1848) on the legislation website

An EU Defence and Security Procurement Directive online training course is available through the UK Defence Academy College of Management and Technology website via the Acquisition e-learning site.

A charge is made for non MOD users who should register on the Acquisition e-learning site before they can login and apply for the course. The cost is £50.00 ex VAT. Details of payment options will be sent in a confirmation email when the course is applied for.

Published 1 August 2013
Last updated 8 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated DSPCR Chapter 17: standstill period, contract award and voluntary transparency.
  2. Updated the frequently ask questions and Chapters 1,2 and 3 to the December 2017 edition.
  3. Updated DSPCR Chapter 4: treaty exemptions.
  4. Updated DSPCR Chapter 8: procurement procedures.
  5. Updated Chapter 4: Treaty exemptions.
  6. Updated Chapters 5 and 17.
  7. Added updated DSPCR Chapter 15: annex A Pre-qualification questionnaire document
  8. Updated: DSPCR Chapter 8: procurement procedures
  9. Added updated Chapter 7.
  10. All documents have been updated.
  11. Added updated chapters 1, 2 and 6.
  12. Added updated Chapter 3.
  13. Added updated Chapter 15
  14. First published.