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Call Off contract:
An enabling agreement (framework) with one or more
suppliers for a defined range of works, goods or services
covering terms and conditions from which users ‘call off’
to meet their requirements using a simplified contract form.
An arrangement where a purchaser selects suppliers and fixes
terms and prices for a period in advance (often 4 years as the
max), and then calls on the suppliers to deliver as and when
required. There is never a guarantee of work even if you are
part of a framework agreement.
Invitation to Tender (ITT):
A formal communication from a public-sector organisation to
a supplier inviting it to submit a tender. The ITT will usually
also include a specification for the contract, instructions for
submitting the tender, and the terms and conditions, which
will govern the contract once it is active.
Prior Information Notice (PIN):
This gives advance notice that a contract may be advertised
at some point – perhaps later in the year.
Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ):
A questionnaire used by public sector organisations to check
the suitability of suppliers and shortlist the ones to be invited
Some contracts are divided into a number of parcels of work
(called lots) and suppliers are invited to state whether they
are bidding for the whole contract or just parts of it.
Common Procurement Vocabulary Codes (CPV Codes):
Developed by the European Union as a classification system, CPV codes have been developed to help suppliers find relevant contracts and to help procurement professionals classify their contract notices.