Standard Procurement Documents and User's Guide to Prequalification of Bidders (2016)

Business Document | December 2016

This publication guides ADB borrowers on how to prepare a prequalification document and how to evaluate applications.

The information in this guide is based on ADB’s Standard Procurement Document for the Prequalification of Bidders (SPQD). The SPQD has been prepared to facilitate prequalification of bidders for large and complex civil works contracts as well as for contracts for technically complex plants. This is to ensure that only firms with appropriate experience, a proven track record, and necessary annual turnover, which are free of any major pending litigation, if applicable, will be invited to submit bids. The SPQD is to be used for the prequalification process for civil works and plant contracts to be procured through International competitive bidding. An important feature of the SPQD is that it can be used with minimum changes, as it does not contain explanations, footnotes, or examples. The SPQD is only available in electronic format.

The guide also includes an initial section on how to prepare the Invitation for Prequalification. The employer should note that the Invitation for Prequalification is not a part of the prequalification document. 


  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • Glossary
  • Introduction
  • The Prequalification Process
  • Invitation for Prequalification
  • Instructions to Applicants
  • Application Data Sheet
  • Qualification Criteria
  • Application Forms
  • Eligible Countries
  • Scope of Contract