New ‘emergency’ rules allow hospital to purchase meds in under four days

Under the emergency procurement rules, specific government entities can acquire up to €135,000 of services in a competitive public call that can be as short as four days

Economic operators will have to be specifically registered electronically beforehand to be able to submit their offers through an electronic platform
Economic operators will have to be specifically registered electronically beforehand to be able to submit their offers through an electronic platform

The Central Procurement Supplies Unit, which acquires medicines for Mater Dei Hospital and other state medical facilities, and the Civil Protection Department, are the first government entities to be legally allowed to make “emergency procurements” in a new, speeded-up competitive call for tenders.

Under the emergency procurement rules, specific government entities can acquire up to €135,000 of services in a competitive public call that can be as short as four days.

Economic operators will have to be specifically registered electronically beforehand to be able to submit their offers through an electronic platform set up by the contracting authority or through the government’s e-procurement platform.

A three-person Adjudication Board will evaluate the offers submitted. 

No modification will be allowed to a contract awarded under these regulations, and if a contract cannot be executed without a modification, the contract will be cancelled and a new procedure issued.

Prior to the evaluation of the offers, the contracting authority will publish the list of bidders.

Every six months, the contracting authority shall publish in the Government Gazette a list of contracts awarded under these regulations, which list shall include the details of the bidders who were awarded the contracts, and the value of the contracts. 

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