Explains that an agency may include pre-conditions for participation in its procurement process and what an agency must and must not do when setting these pre-conditions.
- An agency may include essential conditions for participation in a procurement process in its Notice of Procurement (Rule 37). These are called pre-conditions.
- Suppliers must meet all of the pre-conditions to be considered for the contract opportunity.
- An agency must limit pre-conditions to the following critical areas:
- legal capacity
- financial capacity
- commercial or operational capacity or capability to deliver
- appropriate technical skills or expertise or relevant experience.
- An agency must not make it a pre-condition that a supplier has been previously awarded a contract by a named buyer or a New Zealand government agency.
- To assess whether a supplier meets the pre-conditions, an agency must:
Pre-conditions allow agencies to do a 'first cut' and eliminate suppliers who do not have the minimum capacity or capability to deliver the contract.
Pre-conditions are usually answered by 'yes' or ‘no’, or ‘meets’ or ‘does not meet’.
Suppliers who meet all of the pre-conditions are then eligible to be assessed against the scored evaluation criteria.