Examining the tenders

On the opening date, all submitted tenders shall be opened in the presence of no less than two people from the procuring organisation. These days, this is frequently done automatically in an electronic procurement tool.

The information on this page concerns procurements in accordance with:

  • the Public Procurement Act (LOU)
  • the Act on Procurement in the Water, Energy, Transport and Postal Services Sectors (LUF)

The opening of the tenders is recorded and takes place under complete confidentiality. Suppliers may normally not attend the opening, but it is possible to have an external person present, appointed by a chamber of commerce. Anyone requesting to attend the opening will bear the cost of doing so. Before a decision is made to award a contract or enter into a framework agreement, the procuring organisation shall check that:

  • Formal requirements are fulfilled.
  • There are no grounds for excluding the tender in light of the so-called exclusion grounds (SV).
  • It is evident that the requirements placed on the supplier have been fulfilled.
  • It is evident that requirements on the goods, services or public works are fulfilled or will be fulfilled.
  • The tender is the most financially beneficial tender.

It is the procuring organisation that determines whether a comprehensive control of all the aforementioned points shall be conducted for all tenders, or only for the one being awarded the contract or framework agreement. The procuring organisation shall examine and assess the tenders on the basis of what has been outlined in the tender documents.

Formal requirements

A tender examination frequently begins by checking that all the formal requirements have been fulfilled. It may involve information such as the tender being submitted on time, being correctly drafted in the correct language, and in other aspects complying with the instructions in the tender documents.

Exclusion of tender

Regarding the mandatory exclusion grounds, there is an obligation to exclude a supplier from participating in a procurement, if the procuring organisation receives information about the supplier having been sentenced for a certain type of criminal activity. The ruling must have become legally binding.

Supplier qualification

The qualification phase involves checking that the supplier fulfils the ability requirements deemed necessary for the fulfilment of the contract or framework agreement. The requirements placed on the supplier may concern

  • professional certification
  • financial capacity
  • technical and professional capacity.

All tenderers fulfilling the requirements are qualified.

Requirements on the good, service or construction contract

The procuring organisation assesses whether the tenders fulfil the requirements on the procurement item, i.e. the good, service or construction contract.

Assessing the tenders

The most financially beneficial tender shall be accepted. There are three different grounds for assessment:

  • best price-quality ratio
  • cost
  • price.

If the best price-quality ratio ground for assessment shall be applied, the tender documents must contain clear information on the award criteria that will be used when the procuring organisation assesses which tender is the most financially beneficial tender.

Abnormally low price

If the procuring organisation finds that the price of a tender is abnormally low, the tenderer shall be contacted in writing and given an opportunity to explain the low price. If no satisfactory answer is provided, the procuring organisation is obligated to reject the tender.

Abnormally low tenders (SV)