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Stage 5 – Approach market & select supplier

This phase is about ensuring the right suppliers submit quality offers and that the best supplier is selected for the right reasons.

Suppliers must be treated fairly, impartially and equitably at all stages in the procurement process. This means that ethical standards of behaviour must be demonstrated by all people involved in the procurement at all stages in the procurement.

Supplier selection must be based on the process and methodology set out in the procurement plan and your notice of procurement (eg the Request for Tender). You should not deviate from the process and methodology, unless you give all interested suppliers notice of the change and sufficient time to respond.

Below are some specific guides, tools, templates and training relevant to this stage in the procurement lifecycle. These resources are not intended to be an exhaustive list. We recommend you read the Guide to Mastering Procurement [1 MB PDF], which covers this stage in detail, within the context of the end-to-end lifecycle.

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Last updated 8 January 2014