Also known as the Alcatel mandatory standstill process, the standstill period was introduced in the UK back in 2005 by the Office of Government Commerce.

It states that any contract that has been tendered via the OJEU must have a standstill period of a minimum of 10 days after an award decision has been made.

The purpose of this period is to allow unsuccessful bidders to challenge the decision made before the contract is signed off.

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