Client Query 117:- Hi, wanted to ask that if anyone advertises as per PPRA rules then can one designate just one brand? Thanks
Sidra Jamal, USA
Answer:- Thank you for writing to us. As per your query, in open competitive bidding brand name can not be mentioned in the bidding documents. For guidance purpose rule 10 of Public Procurement Rules, 2004 may be referred. The rule provides that the specifications shall allow widest possible competition and shall not favour any single contractor or supplier nor put others at a disadvantage. Specifications shall be generic and shall not include references to brand names, model numbers, catalogue numbers or similar classifications. However if the procuring agency is convinced that the use of or a reference to a brand name or a catalogue number is essential to complete an otherwise incomplete specification, such use or reference shall be qualified with the words “or equivalent”. Hope this helps answering your query!
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