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25/05/2021 :

FTP service to be discontinued in 2023

We plan to stop our FTP server in the second half of 2023 and use https file transfer for bulk access to notices. Access will be possible via a new page on the TED website.

We are releasing this information in good time to help you prepare for this change and to avoid disruptions to our services.

Our Site news section will publish more details on this in the coming months. Stay tuned!

Any questions? Feel free to contact us.


15/02/2021 :

Major release of TED XML schemas and implementation of NUTS 2021 classification – 26 February 2021

Dear users,

A major release of TED XML schemas R2.0.9.S04.E01 and R2.0.8.S05.E01 is scheduled for 26 February 2021.

This release includes the NUTS 2021 classification, together with some code changes.

If you’re a registered user, your advanced searches will be automatically migrated to the new codes. However, you’ll need to modify your expert searches yourself if the codes are affected.

Re-users whose codes are affected must also use the new codes to adapt their searches.

The TED XML schemas will be available on our FTP server under:

  • Resources > XML_schema_2.0.9 > XSD_current
  • Resources > XML_schema_2.0.8 > XSD_current

08/12/2020 :

Brexit

As of 1 January 2021 procurement notices from UK Contracting Authorities and Contracting Entities will not be published anymore on TED as the EU rules on public procurement will cease to apply to and in the United Kingdom.

Procurement notices in relation to procedures published by 31 December 2020 will still be published on TED as there is an obligation on UK Contracting Authorities and Contracting Entities to still apply EU law to on-going procedures (i.e. those published by 31 December 2020) and, therefore, an obligation to send their relevant notices (e.g. corrigenda notices, contract award notices, contract modification notices) to TED.


04/11/2020 :

Help pages revamped

TED help pages have been recently updated. The page is now also available in the 24 EU languages.

The help pages guide you through the main features of the website:

  • browse – in the following topics:
    • business opportunity
    • business sector (using the common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
    • place of performance (using the NUTS nomenclature)
    • buyers
  • search – to find specific notices (includes quick, advanced and expert search)
  • search results – lists all notices that meet your search criteria
  • consulting notices – view notices in current or original language, see their metadata and save them as PDF or XML files.
  • create a TED account and benefit from additional functionalities via My Dashboard, such as:
    • saving up to 25 search profiles
    • selecting notices to look at later
    • accessing the news alert service features
    • getting email updates on notices that have just been published
  • customising preferences – to control the number of items per search results page and other aspects
  • bulk download of notices in XML format
  • RSS feeds – to get automatic updates on the latest notices published
  • machine translation service – from and into all EU official languages, for most notices.

 

If you read the help pages and still need help, don’t hesitate to contact us.


14/08/2020 :

Minor release of TED XML schema – 1 August 2020

Dear re-users,

We inform you that a minor release of TED XML schema R2.0.9.S03.E01 - Intermediate release number 010-20200224 has taken place on 01/08/2020.

This minor release extends the NUTS code values to 206 countries (e.g. US, KE, IN)

The TED XML schema is available on our FTP server, at the address:

ftp://ted.europa.eu, under

    . Resources

      -> XML_schema_2.0.9
        -> XSD_current

28/07/2020 :

Advanced search form revamped

The TED advanced search form has been recently revamped. The new form is in production since the beginning of June 2020 and contains the following main changes:

  • The structure of the form has been reshuffled in order to regroup and rename search fields for better readability and consistency.
  • The graphic design has been improved leading to a boost in usability for both desktop and mobile device users.
  • Labels and tool tips have been reviewed and enriched for more clarity.
  • New search criteria have been added.
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    In order to help you navigate through the new form, the TED team has created an online tutorial, which you can access following the link below:

    https://youtu.be/dCQnAp8Xzu0

    Please use our contact form to send us any feedback regarding these changes.


    20/12/2019 :

    eForms schemas provisional release

    This is a provisional release of the schemas. It is currently based on an interim version of Pre-Award UBL 2.3 document types and is therefore not yet ready for use; it may still be subject to changes.

    The approach adopted is the following: we keep the whole UBL set of elements but only support the use of a subset.

    Advantages:

    • Rules are outside the schema,
    • Adding extra fields for which a UBL element already exists will not require the definition of a new schema,
    • Increasing reusability of elements while reducing interdependencies to the minimum. Together with the import and include mechanisms, this simplifies the integration process of any new component release,
    • For elements, which are mandatory in eForms but designed as optional in UBL, dedicated rules are defined. The rules-based approach reduces the impact of a change (e.g.: a regulatory change on the mandatory aspect will only lead to a rule update).

    Further information, including Business Rules, will be provided in the near future. You may send questions and observations to the helpdesk via https://simap.ted.europa.eu/contact with the mention “eForms” in the subject.


    14/10/2016 :

    TED HTTP and FTP Usage thresholds

    Dear User,

    To enable access to our services for as many users as possible, please note the following:

    HTTP related service (Website and SOAP)

    • More than 500 UDL requests (HTTP GET) on the website in less than 6 minutes - access denied for 24 h (renewed on each UDL request);
    • More than 10 000 HTTP requests in the last 15 minutes - Access denied as considered as DOS/Bad bot for 5 minutes;
    • Too many unfollowed HTTP redirect requests (~100) in the last 10 minutes with a check every minute - Access denied as considered as DOS/Bad bot for 15 minutes;

    Any download of daily/monthly XML packages from the website is counted in the HTTP related service.

    FTP service

    There is a restriction on the maximum number of connections, with the following criteria:

    • Maximum number of overall connections - ~1050, but this number can be decreased to ~525 if the server is under maintenance;
    • Maximum 3 concurrent connections by IP or user;
    • A maximum of 100 concurrent connections for “legacy” users (i.e. not guest account) as same account could be used by several IPs.

    For the FTP service, once the limit is reached, the server will refuse new connections from the IP/user. Once the connection is released, a new one will be accepted.

    SOAP rendition service

    SOAP rendition service is meant also to be on demand and not massively used.
    Recommended usage is limited to 50k by month outside of the peak concurrent user timeframe (before 8h45, after 14h CET).