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Best value for money

The overall guiding objective for all International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) procurement is to obtain the best value for money for the organization. “Best value for money” is defined as the responsive offer that has the best combination of technical specifications, quality, and price. “Best value for money” is the result of several factors, including quality, experience, the vendor’s reputation, life-cycle costs, benefits, and parameters that measure how well the good or service allows the organization to meet its social, environmental, or other objectives.

Fairness, integrity, transparency, and equal treatment

The World Health Organization (WHO) procurement process must allow for transparent competition among prospective providers. All prospective providers must be treated equally. All individuals and entities directly or indirectly associated with the procurement function are responsible for protecting the integrity of the process and maintaining fairness, transparency, and equal treatment of all prospective providers. All potential vendors should be treated equally, and the process should feature clear evaluation criteria, unambiguous solicitation instructions, realistic requirements, and rules and procedures that are easy to understand.

To promote transparency of the procurement process and accountability, WHO expects its providers to adhere to the principles, and to meet the standards, set forth in the United Nations (UN) Supplier Code of Conduct.


Effective competition

The objective of WHO’s competitive process is to provide all eligible prospective providers with timely and adequate notification of WHO’s requirements and an equal opportunity to tender for the required goods and services.

Interest of WHO

All procurement conduct and acquisitions must always be in the best interest, and consistent with the objectives and expected results, of WHO. Any business transactions must conform to the mandates and principles of WHO and the UN.

Environmental concerns

WHO subscribes to a “green” procurement policy. WHO will seek to procure goods and services that lessen the burden on the environment in their production, use, and final disposal, whenever possible and economical.

To effect “green” procurement, WHO supports the “four R’s” strategy to:

  1. Rethink the requirements, to reduce the environmental impact;
  2. Reduce the consumption of materials;
  3. Recycle materials/waste; and
  4. Reduce energy consumption.

Before the procurement of goods and/or services is finalized, the environmental concerns must be considered, including the following:

  • Energy consumption
  • Toxicity
  • Ozone depletion
  • Radiation

The applicable ecolabel ratings, including Energy Star and the European Union (EU) Ecolabel, should be evaluated to determine how environmentally friendly the goods and/or services are.

The aim is to identify environmentally friendly (“green”) goods and services, which have fewer harmful effects on human health and the environment.

 

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