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An analysis of public sector prequalification procedures in Northern Ireland
by Robert Eadie; John Rodgers; Clare McKeown; Patrick Smyth
International Journal of Procurement Management (IJPM), Vol. 5, No. 3, 2012
Abstract: The recent findings of two Northern Ireland procurement court cases using the 'restricted procedure' have European wide implications. The perceptions of having a 'prequalification' stage in addition to 'quality/price' are researched; parts of the prequalification questionnaire (PQQ) are analysed and ranked in importance. Economic operator perceptions are investigated on projects above the European threshold using the restricted procedure. Findings confirm practitioners understand the court decisions ranking the evaluation of 'previous experience' as the most important part within the prequalification stage. There is ambivalence regarding PQQ's providing value for money (VFM): 49% consider it does not provide additional VFM compared to the single stage process. The majority of organisations (62%) use external consultants when preparing PQQ submissions. Findings show the court cases have resulted in PQQ's becoming more generic, an innovative response is no longer possible as it will be outside the scoring matrix. Practitioners provided suggestions on improving the process.
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