In public procurement, procuring entities are guided by the principle of getting the best quality for available funds, which is why the lowest price usually determines the winner of a tender. In practice, however, cheaper is not always better. For example, if an entrepreneur offers a slightly higher price, but provides a much longer warranty period, the extra money may be worth it.
To make this possible, the notion of non-price criteria was introduced in the legislation. This includes all indicators that a procuring entity may use to assess the participant’s offer apart from the lowest price.
Transparency International Ukraine has reserch:
- How does the system of non-price criteria in Prozorro work in general?
- What specific non-price criteria do procuring entities choose, how often and
- What problems do procuring entities face when they use non-price criteria?