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At the OPCW, our suppliers are critical partners, and play a vital role in our mission for a world free of chemical weapons.

The OPCW issues over 500 purchase orders and awards contracts with a value over €15 million for the supply of goods and services every year. These orders range from computers, office equipment and supplies to specialised scientific and technical equipment for the Organisation’s operations in The Hague, the Netherlands.

      Winning a contract with the OPCW is easier when you know how we make our buying decisions. Some of our procurement principles and policies include:

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      Value for Money

      Goods and services must be acquired in an effective, efficient, economical and ethical manner. Our goal is to achieve the best value for the money we spend.

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      Sustainable

      We hold ourselves and our suppliers to the highest standard when it comes to human rights, labour rights, environmental protections, and responsible business practices in our procurement of goods and services.

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      Supplier Access

      Access for all qualified suppliers competing for OPCW business must be open.

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      Integrity and Fairness

      The procurement process must be conducted in a fair and transparent manner, providing equal treatment to all vendors. Conflict of interest, both real and perceived, must be avoided.

      Doing business with the OPCW

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      Watch for our procurement opportunities

      The OPCW advertises through the UN Global Marketplace to solicit bids for procurement contracts valued at €50,000 or more for goods and services.

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      Respond to a Solicitation

      The OPCW issues Solicitations — Requests for Quotation (RFQ), Requests for Proposal (RFP) or Invitations to Bid (ITB) — in order to procure the goods and services it needs. The evaluation criteria used in the selection of a contractor, a supplier or a consultant are based either on price alone or price and other factors.

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      Understand the Instructions

      When the OPCW wants to obtain goods or services it must follow certain procurement procedures and requests bidders to follow specific instructions. The General Instructions to Bidders can be reviewed here.

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      Focus on how the bids will be evaluated

      The Specifications clearly state which requirements are mandatory and which are desirable. The evaluation criteria that the OPCW will use to choose the winner (such as past experience, product performance, proposed implementation plan, etc.) and the relative weighting are set out in the solicitation package.

      Tips on writing effective proposals

      Ask questions

      Every solicitation is unique, so read the entire document very carefully. Ensure that you understand the scope, deliverables, eligibility requirements and the evaluation criteria as well as how the responses will be scored to determine the successful bidder.

      If you have a question or require clarification, you may only contact the designated person noted in the procurement document. Questions must be asked within a specified number of days before the closing date, so be sure to ask them with plenty of time.

      Address mandatory requirements

      Mandatory eligibility requirements are evaluated objectively on a simple pass/fail basis. You need to have met all mandatory eligibility requirements for a bid to be considered compliant, and only compliant bids are evaluated further. Address every mandatory requirement directly by providing the evidence to show that you meet the requirement. Non-compliant responses are typically the result of failure to meet the mandatory eligibility requirements.

      Describe how you would do the work

      Provide a detailed response to the specific evaluation requirements. It is your chance to show that you understand the scope and how your solution differentiates from the competition. It is also where you would describe what and how you would do the work if you were awarded the contract.

      Address each and every point

      Read the procurement document and respond in the exact terms requested. The OPCW might know what you intended to say, and may know that you have the capability in question, but it will be forced to reject your response if you have not provided the details that were asked for in the procurement document. The OPCW cannot make assumptions about your proposal. It can only evaluate the information you provide.

      Current Opportunities

      LAB-P18-017 – Request for Quotation for the Provision and installation of an ultra-low temperature freezer

      The OPCW is seeking a qualified bidder for the provision and installation of an ultra-low temperature freezer.

      Interested suppliers should contact Procurement to receive the request for proposal instructions and to submit offers.

      Submission deadline: 26 November 2018 at 16:00 CET.

      Bids received by the OPCW after the submission due date and time will not be considered.

      OPB-P18-007 – Request for Proposal for the Provision of Digital Imaging X-ray System.

      The OPCW is seeking a suitable and qualified bidder for the supply and delivery of a digital imaging system, including training.

      Interested suppliers should contact Procurement to receive the request for proposal instructions and to submit offers.

      Submission deadline: 30 November 2018 at 12:00 CET.

      Bids received by the OPCW after the submission due date and time will not be considered.

      LAB-P18-036 – Request for Quotation for the supply and delivery of laptops

      The OPCW is seeking a suitable and qualified bidder to supply and deliver laptops for OPCW Laboratory.

      Interested bidders should contact Procurement to receive the request for proposal instructions.

      The submission deadline: 26 November 2018 at 16:00 CET.

      Bids received by the OPCW after the submission due date and time will not be considered.

      PVB-P19-001 – Request for Proposals – Commissary Services

      The OPCW is seeking a qualified vendor for the provision of commissary services at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague.

      Interested bidders should contact Procurement to receive the request for proposal instructions.

      Submission deadline: 3 December 2018 at 16:00 CET.

      Bids received by the OPCW after the submission due date and time will not be considered.

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