Business Opportunities

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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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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.

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New General Terms and Conditions

As of March 2020, the OPCW has new General Terms and Conditions both for contracts for the provision of goods and contracts for the provision of services.

 

 

Procurement Ethics and Code of Conduct

The OPCW has a strict policy against fraud, corruption or related forms of misconduct with respect to its officials. In carrying out its activities, OPCW officials shall adhere to the highest standards of efficiency, competence, integrity, fairness and transparency required from international civil servants. The solicitation or acceptance of any gratuity, gift, favour, entertainment, loan, remuneration, economic benefit or anything of value from anyone who conducts business with the OPCW is strictly prohibited. OPCW officials are expected to separate strictly the performance of official duties from private affairs in order to avoid any real, potential or apparent conflict of interest. Additionally, any official who deals in his or her official capacity with any matter involving a business concern in which he or she holds a financial interest shall at once disclose the nature and extent of that interest to the Director-General. The OPCW acts in compliance with general principles of sound financial and risk management.

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

Request for Quotation (RFQ) – PMO-P20-007 – Supply, delivery and installation of a slitter, cutter, creaser finishing machine

The OPCW seeks a qualified supplier capable of meeting the requirements for a slitter, cutter, creaser finishing machine to replace the current equipment which has reached the end of life.

The machine is required to produce business cards, greeting cards, invitations, menu cards, postcards, flyers and leaflets. The successful vendor will be required to provide corrective maintenance to the OPCW. A vendor must be able to respond within 48 hours of a request for support and must have a location within 4 hours drive of the OPCW.  In order to receive the document please confirm your location in the requesting email.

Interested bidders should contact Procurement to receive the RFQ documents and instructions on how to submit a quotation. Bidders must include the RFQ reference number above in all enquiries.

Submission deadline: 25 September 2020

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

Request for Proposal - SSS-P21-002 - Insurance Brokerage Services

The OPCW is seeking a qualified vendor to establish a contract for Insurance Brokerage Services.

Interested bidders should contact Procurement to receive the bidding documents and instructions on how to submit a bid. Bidders must include the bid reference number above in all enquiries.

Submission deadline: 28 September 2020 at 16:00 CET.

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

Request for Quotation - CCT-P20-109 - Provision of 2nd Opinion on the Facade and Roof Technical Design - ChemTech​ Centre

The OPCW is seeking a qualified vendor for the provision of 2nd Opinion on the Facade and Roof Technical Design of the ChemTech Centre currently being designed.

Interested bidders should contact Procurement to receive the bidding documents and instructions on how to submit a quote. Bidders must include the bid reference number CCT-P20-109 in all enquiries.

Submission deadline: 30 September 2020 at 11:00 CET.

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

Invitation to Bid - OPB-P21-027 - Supply of Pharmaceuticals, Medical Consumables and Hardware

The OPCW is seeking a qualified vendor to supply pharmaceuticals, medical consumables and hardware.

Interested bidders should contact Procurement to receive the bidding documents and instructions on how to submit a bid. Bidders must include the bid reference number above in all enquiries.

Submission deadline: 1 October 2020 at 16:00 CET.

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

Re-opened Request for Quotation (RFQ) ISB-P21-001 Provision of Toner and Ink Cartridges to the OPCW

The OPCW is seeking to identify reputable  companies for the provision of toner and ink cartridges.

Interested bidders should contact Procurement to receive the RFQ documents and instructions on how to submit a response. Interested parties must include the reference number RFQ ISB-P21-001 in all enquiries.

Submission deadline: 8 October 2020.

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

Request for Expression of Interest - REOI-CCT-P20-002b - Pre-qualification for provision of Infrastructure and Security Installations works for the construction of a Centre for Chemistry and Technology for the OPCW

The OPCW is seeking to pre-qualify reputable Infrastructure and Security Installations companies to act as Security Contractor for the construction of the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology in the Netherlands.

Interested bidders should contact Procurement to receive the REOI document and instruction on how to submit a response. Interested parties must include the reference number REOI-CCT-P20-002b in all enquiries.

Submission deadline: 9 October 2020

Responses received by the OPCW after the submission due date will not be considered.

Request for Proposal - OCS-P20-017 - Integrated Visibility and Vulnerability Management Solution

The OPCW is seeking a qualified vendor to establish a contract for an Integrated Visibility and Vulnerability Management Solution.

Interested bidders should contact Procurement to receive the bidding documents and instructions on how to submit a bid. Bidders must include the bid reference number above in all enquiries.

Submission deadline: 12 October 2020 at 16:00 CET.

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

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