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Tendering and Awarding the Contract

69.2. Evaluation Committees

Where the assessment has significant subjective/qualitative elements, it is important to have that evaluation performed by subject matter experts.

In some cases, the subject matter experts may be government employees, in other cases they may be external advisers/consultants.

For example, according to EU legislation, when subjective/qualitative assessment represents more than the 50 percent of the total weight of evaluation criteria, the authority must constitute an expert committee including the presence of independent experts.

If the evaluation is conducted by external advisors/consultants, it is good practice to structure the process so that the decision to recommend a bidder to the awarding authority is a decision made by government employees on the advice of the external advisers/consultants.

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