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04 October 2001 | Liam O'Brien
The European Commission is to force purchasers to use a standard form when sending tenders to the Official Journal of the European Communities (OJEC) in an effort to cut errors in submitting tenders.
From 1 May, 2002, public authorities will be forced to use the standard form rather than their own.
CIPS said the move should dramatically reduce the number of errors made by purchasers when submitting information to The OJEC. Fred Harvey, chairman of its EC directives committee, said: "It's a bit like booking a flight on the web - if you don't complete the form properly, you can't proceed. This should ensure that forms are completed properly."
The form is compatible with the EC's fledgling online notification system, Simap, and is intended to speed the number of organisations sending notices to The OJEC electronically.
The EC claims this will also help suppliers by making it easier for them to use automatic search tools to find contracts that interest them among the EU's £620 million (E1 billion) public procurement market.
• The new form is available on the web at simap.eu.int.