On this page you’ll find the latest version of standard wording and guidance to be used by public sector bodies and their advisors when drafting PFI contracts.
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Standardisation of PFI Contracts (SoPC) Version 4 (March 2007)
This version of standard wording and guidance is to be used by public sector bodies when drafting PFI contracts. It supercedes Version 3, issued in April 2004 and includes amendments outlined in the SoPC3 Addendum and insurance guidance, both published in December 2005.
SoPC Version 4 update: October 2008
SoPC Version 4 update: April 2009
SoPC Version 4 update: April 2012
Supporting guidance and information
Related standard contracts
Standard form PFI contracts approved for PFI compliance purposes by IUK.
Technical update 2010 (PDF 429KB)
This update sets out the ongoing framework for the scrutiny and approval of PFI contracts (see section 2 and Appendix B of the document).
Data Handling Review and SoPC 4 (PDF 83KB)
This note provides guidance on the implementation of the OGC Procurement Policy Note of 26 November 2008: Data Handling Review - Mandatory application of security procedures in contracts.
Standardisation of PFI Contracts Version 4 - an Outline of Principal Changes (PDF 140KB)
This note issued on 21 March 2007 outlines the main changes from SoPC Version 3. It is indicative only and practitioners should still consult SoPC Version 4.
Change Protocol Principles - August 2007 (PDF 156KB)
This paper provides information on the principles and procedures which PFUs and Authorities may wish to consider when producing their own variation provisions to comply with the requirements of SoPC4. It is intended as an aid to help Authorities consider relevant issues.
Standardisation of PFI Contracts (SoPC) Version 4 - marked up copy
This is marked up copy of SoPC Version 4 showing the changes that have been made from Version 3. Please note: this is intended as an aid for practitioners, and anyone using it should check their understanding of it against the clean copy of SoPC Version 4.