Evaluating tenders

One of the key activities in the procurement process is to assure that the product or service offered by the tenderer actually has the characteristics and qualities specified in the Technical Specifications and Award Criteria.

In principle, where a declaration has been requested as evidence, it should be assumed that the content of the declaration is correct. The evaluation should in this case be limited to checking that the evidence provided is valid and relevant for the subject-matter of the procurement. In some situations, it may be considered appropriate to not rely on a Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity, and to evaluate the accessibility independently, through auditing or user testing.