Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) is the procurement of research and development of new innovative solutions before they are commercially available.
PCP involves different suppliers competing through different phases of development. The risks and benefits are shared between the procurers and the suppliers under market conditions.
The European Commission supports PCP as it enables public procurers to:
- Share the risks and benefits of designing, prototyping, and testing new products and services with the suppliers
- Create optimum conditions for the wide commercialisation and take-up of the results of R&D
- Pool the efforts of several procurers
- Develop innovative solutions for the societal challenges of the future
- Encourage companies to invest in highly qualified R&D in Europe
- Act as a "seal of approval" confirming the market potential of new emerging technological developments, thereby attracting new investors
The PCP process will start with an extensive preparation (phase zero) and is followed by three development phases.