Step-by-step guide for submitting tenders
Tendering (or call for tenders) means that a public-sector organisation announces publicly that it wishes to have a contract executed. The commissioning authority asks companies to submit a tender. Tendering procedures take place in 3 stages:
- The announcement stage;
- The tendering stage;
- The award stage.
This step-by-step plan will assist you in going through a tendering procedure in the Netherlands. If you wish to submit for a tender contract, you will be taking part in the extensive tender process. You and the tendering public-sector organisation must abide by the tendering rules. The eGids (electronic guide) of TenderNed offers a glossary (in Dutch).
You can find (pre-) announcements of government contracts on TenderNed.nl (Dutch). They can alert you about Calls for Tender that are relevant to you. You will need eRecognition to register with TenderNed.nl.
The public-sector organisation provides an exact description of the tender contract in the tender documents. The procedure and the selection and award criteria can be found in these documents.
If there are issues that are unclear in the tender documents, you can ask the commissioning authority questions about them. This authority will answer all questions through a Summary of Additional Information.
If you wish to be eligible for a tender contract, you must submit or draw up a tender. You should follow the instructions from the tender documents accurately within this context.
If the contract is awarded to you, you will conclude a contract with the tendering public-sector organisation. This may also be a contract extension or framework agreement.