When using any of the Standard Bidding Documents (SBDs), whether for the procurement of goods, works or services, it is important to understand how the information is provided and how to fill in every document included in each bidding document set: some parts of the SBD documentation are intended to be used unchanged, while certain other parts contain slots where information particular to each procurement shall be included.

The purpose of these Guidance Notes is to provide additional assistance to the Procuring entities on the preparation of Standard Bidding Documents for the procurement of Goods, Works or Consulting Services under the shopping, open tender, or Request for Proposals, in order to reflect the key procurement principles and practices embodied in the Public Procurement Procedures Handbook. Therefore, the Guidance Notes supplement the numerous Instructions and examples found throughout the Standard Bidding Documents by specifically noting key points in each or main sections of the bidding documents.