the PCP process

What is the PCP tool?

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) challenges industry from the demand side to develop innovative solutions for public sector needs and it provides a first customer reference that enables companies to create competitive advantage on the market.

PCP enables public procurers to compare alternative potential solution approaches and filter out the best possible solutions that the market can deliver to address the public need.

The Pre-Commercial Procurement tool presents a huge potential as an innovation instrument capable of helping cities to modernise public sector services and solve key societal challenges.

The procuRE Timeline

procuRE follows the stages of the PCP process as set-out by the European Commission, i.e. work will be divided into four subsequent phases:

Phase 0: Preparation phase (10 months) and Call for Tenders (5 months)

Phase I: Concept design, solution architecture, technical specifications and assessment framework (3 months)

Phase II: Development of prototype systems in two iterations (8 months)

Phase III: Development and testing of pilot systems (16 months)