Current Public Procurement Legislation and the Prohibition of Post-Tender Price Negotiation

531 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 2 Pages
This work intends to examine the issue and either agree or disagree with relaxing of this rule. The argument will be supported with two examples from the North Bristol Integrated Community Hospital Specification.
The Issue
It is reported that tendering and post tender negotiation are primary components of management of purchasing and supply. According to CIPS conduction of the post, tender negotiation process should be the responsibility of the purchasing professional and as such, those individuals should participate in the necessary training programs to effectively do so. Post-tender negotiation when it is ethical and professional is held as an appropriate method of securing value for the money spent. It is recommended by CIPS that bid clarification "detailed discussion about the offer should usually comprise the final stage after receipt of tenders and before contract award; it will normally lead to improved value being obtained." (CIPS, 2013)
The reason stated is that there are "often points in the tender which need to be clarified. During bid clarification, discussion might take place around the specification or delivery period for example. This may lead to negotiation on terms and conditions, warranties,…
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