The Contract Notice for the next framework for certified companies (formally known as identity providers) has now been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The procurement documents are also publicly available to download - look under the heading 'Procurements being run on behalf of customers' or search the page for 'verify'.
We'll be holding a briefing event in London on 8th January for all prospective bidders to answer questions about the procurement. To take part, bidders need to register by 6th January. The details of how to register are available through the Crown Commercial Service e-sourcing suite.
Potential bidders can ask questions by using the messaging tool within the e-sourcing suite. We will also answer questions here on the blog and through our Twitter account (@GOVUKverify).
We will send all the questions and answers to those that have registered on the e-sourcing suite. This is so that prospective bidders can have an official channel they can rely on to receive all the relevant information.