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Qualifying Sub-Contract or "QSC"


For a contract to be a qualifying subcontract (QSC) it must fulfil the following: 


Scope of Supply

It is a contract under which the contracting authority procures anything for the purposes of a QDC or QSC.


Monetary Value Threshold

It is a contract that has a value of £25 million or more and at least 50% of the value of the obligations under the contract are in support of fulfilling a QDC(s) or QSC(s).


Excluded Contract Descriptions (Categories)

It is a contract that is not within an excluded contract category (see note 1). 


Contract Nature & Notification

It is a contract where the award is not the result of a competitive process and the contracting authority has notified the sub-contractor and the Secretary of State that the contract is considered to be a QSC (see note 2)


Note 1: Excluded contract descriptions are (a) contracts made within the framework of an international cooperative defence programme; or (b) contracts made wholly for the purposes of one or more of the following — 

(i) the acquisition of land (including existing buildings or other structures, and land covered with water), and any estate, interest, easement, servitude or right in or over such land; 

(ii) the management or maintenance of any land or buildings or other structures; or 

(iii) intelligence activities. 

Note 2: The subcontractor may appeal the QSC assessment decision through the SSRO.