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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.

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The Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations (DSPCR) 2011 implemented the European Union (EU) Defence and Security Procurement Directive into United Kingdom (UK) law. They came into force on 21 August 2011.

The DSPCR is ‘retained EU law’ by virtue of section 2 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. This means that the regulations will remain in place and continue to have effect after 31 December 2020 (Transition Period completion day) in the UK.

However, the DSPCR has been amended by two Statutory Instruments to ensure the rules continues to operate effectively after the UK leaves the EU. Those Statutory Instruments are: The Defence and Security Public Contracts (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and The Defence and Security Public Contracts (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020. After 31 December 2020, the DSPCR are national regulations which sit outside the Directive.

Important note, the current Chapter 4 guidance on Exemptions and Exclusions replaces two documents that previously covered the subjects separately. There is therefore no guidance entitled Chapter 5.

Published 1 August 2013
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated all DSPCR chapters to reflect new guidance for 1 January 2021.

  2. Updated Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6 and the frequently asked questions.

  3. Updated DSPCR Chapter 4: treaty exemptions,

  4. Updated the DSPCR Chapter 15: Annex A Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.

  5. Updated DSPCR Chapter 15: Annex A Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.

  6. Updated DSPCR Chapter 17: standstill period, contract award and voluntary transparency.

  7. Updated the frequently ask questions and Chapters 1,2 and 3 to the December 2017 edition.

  8. Updated DSPCR Chapter 4: treaty exemptions.

  9. Updated DSPCR Chapter 8: procurement procedures.

  10. Updated Chapter 4: Treaty exemptions.

  11. Updated Chapters 5 and 17.

  12. Added updated DSPCR Chapter 15: annex A Pre-qualification questionnaire document

  13. Updated: DSPCR Chapter 8: procurement procedures

  14. Added updated Chapter 7.

  15. All documents have been updated.

  16. Added updated chapters 1, 2 and 6.

  17. Added updated Chapter 3.

  18. Added updated Chapter 15

  19. First published.