www.eTenders.gov.ie has been developed as part of the Irish Government's Strategy for the Implementation of eProcurement in the Irish Public Sector. The site is designed to be a central facility for all public sector contracting authorities to advertise procurement opportunities and award notices. The site is managed by the National Procurement Service (NPS) of the Office of Public Works (OPW). The NPS sets the policy on content and functionality of the site however day to day management and maintenance, as well as development, of the site has been outsourced to a private company, EU-Supply.
The site displays, on a daily basis, all Irish public sector procurement opportunities currently being advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), as well as other lower-value contracts uploaded to the site from awarding authorities. At any given time it will contain all open opportunities in the form of Tender Notices, Prior Indicative Notices (PIN) and Contract Award Notices (CAN). It also provides associated tender documents (where available) which can be downloaded from the site.
The site has the functionality to allow Awarding Authorities to publish notices on the site which will then be sent to the OJEU automatically. Other functionality includes: facility for conducting online clarifications via a Q&A facility; online submission of tenders; user and notice management facilities to awarding authorities; email alerts and response management facilities to suppliers. There is also comprehensive notice search and help functions. www.eTenders.gov.ie also provides comprehensive information on procurement rules and guidelines. These include European Directives and National Guidelines on the Public Procurement Process.
The site offers the opportunity to widen the net of potential suppliers to the Irish Public Sector. There is no charge to contracting authorities or suppliers for this service; the site is also freely available for use by the public.