Space for Best Value Procurement in tendering

Getting more value from purchasing is also an important theme in the public sector. But how does best value procurement relate to procurement law? Our purchasing advisors Ramon Abbenhuis and Marno van Houten explore the room for maneuver and publish it in the trade magazine Deal!

Space for Best Value Procurement in tendering

Clients in the public sector must work in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner and must treat suppliers equally. Traditionally this is fulfilled by specifying in the tender documents which requirements the work to be outsourced or the service to be outsourced must meet, and under which conditions a certain score is assigned. This method guarantees legality, but impedes efficiency: the outsourcing client writes the market in detail to the solution. The application of best value procurement (BVP) meets this objection, which increases the efficiency. But what consequences does this have for legality?

BVP methodology

Central to the BVP method are the primary preconditions and objectives of the assignment. The concrete implementation of the objectives and compliance with the preconditions is left as much as possible to the market parties. The client decides why, the market party the what and how. Substantively used BVP for assessing the scope enrollments (also known as performance support, see Rijt and Santema 2013), planning, risk and chance dossier (RAVA, Risk Assessment and Value Added plan), price and interviews. With the party that has done the Economically Most Advantageous Tender (EMVI), the pre-award phase is started in which this party further substantiates its registration in broad lines and after which the assignment can be awarded.

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