The Contract Notice for the next framework for certified companies (formally known as identity providers) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) earlier this week. For more information about the process, see our post from earlier this week.
During this early phase, we've had some feedback from organisations asking us to extend the deadline for submitting bids. Having looked at the feedback and our planned timescales, we've agreed to extend the deadline from 6 February 2015 to 16 February 2015. The new deadline will be reflected in the OJEU notice in the next couple of days.