Issue Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Difference Between a RFI, RFQ and RFP

We are regularly asked, ‘what is the difference between a Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Quote (RFQ)’. Below is an explanation of these three requests.

According to the Government, the differences between RFQ’s, RFI’s and RFP’s are as follows:

“RFx is an abbreviation used to refer to a group of ‘Request For…’ documents, used to solicit responses of various types from suppliers. The three documents used in this group include Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Quote (RFQ).

Request for Information (RFI)

An RFI is generally used when the solution to a business problem is not immediately evident or clearly defined. The RFI is used to gather information, NOT to make a selection or an award. The Supply Chain Management Unit works with the Customer to:

  • clearly define the problem;
  • solicit external expertise regarding how to solve the problem;
  • study proposed solutions.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

An RFP is used when the Customer understands the business problem and what’s needed to solve it, including specifications and procedures. Price is usually not the determining factor in the evaluation of an RFP. Factors such as quality, service, and reputation are also taken into consideration.

Request for Quote (RFQ)

An RFQ is generally used to obtain pricing, delivery information, terms and conditions from suppliers. In this case, requestors have a clear understanding of what they need, including requirements and specifications. To procure the exact product or service you need, the Customer provides the Supply Chain Management Unit with as much information as possible, including complete specifications, quantities, and delivery schedule.”

The common threat between all three types of requests is that the Customer or Government Entity is not obliged to appoint a service provider on the results from issuing any of these requests. The best way to know that a tender award will be made is when you respond to a formal quotation or a competitive bid. Normally a formal quotation will be for goods or services with a value between R30,000-00 and R200,000-00 and a competitive bid will be for goods or services with a value exceeding R200,000-00.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of Service Provider to Supply office Automation (Printing/Copying) Equipment and Associated Services to Emvelo Kzn Wildlife for a period of three (03) years 2017-08-21 11:00 EKZNW 20/ 2017
Supply and delivery of Hotelier Beds [as and when required] to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Resorts for a period of three (03) years 2017-08-21 11:00 EKZNW 14/ 2017
Supply, delivery and installation of photocopiers at Electoral Commission [IEC] Local Offices, South Africa 2017-08-11 11:00 0010359775
Supply, delivery and installation of office furniture - Electoral Commission Local Offices throughout South Africa 2017-08-11 11:00 0010360455
Bandages - Adhesive Plaster - Size: 50mm X 4.5mt Long. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 538/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Bandages - Plaster of Paris - Size: 200mm X 3.5mt. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 536/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Bandages - Crepe - Size: 100mm X 4.5mt. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 534/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Bladeless Atraumatic Trocar With Stability Sleeve - Size: 12mm 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 531/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Karman Cannulae with Adaptor 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 529/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Linear Cutter - 75mm. 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 521/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Adhesive Dressing - Absorbent/ Water Proof / Fluid - Size 25cm X 10cm 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 520/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Laproscopic Reload - Sterile - Latex Free as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 530/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Neonatal Splint - Size: +- 8 to 9 Cm in Length and 2.5cm to 3cm Wide as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 526/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Ultrasonic Dissecting Instrument (Focus) as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 525/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Atraumatic Graspers - 5mm - Length 36cm - Reusable 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 524/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Curved Cutter / Stapler - Size: 3.0mm Length X 3.5mm Height 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 523/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Modified Bipolar Vessel Sealing Device, Single Use -Small Jaw. as per Specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 522/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Tubing, Latex (205) as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 398/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Ligasure Impact Tissue Fusion - Open Instrument - Size: 13.5mm. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 355/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Catheter - Argyle - 40cm - Size 22g, as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 299/ 17 - 18 GAZ

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Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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