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.

Visit our website www.how2tender.com to find out more.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply: 10/0 nylon 3/8 circle needle 6.4200 micron black monofilament non absorbable double arm premium spatula 30cm 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2377/ 08/ 17
Arceole sf 6 hexafluorvre desoufre 30mls set for infusion & ophthalmic gas ref. SF6 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2375/ 08/ 17
Chin tuck against resistance (CTAR) ball - inflatable rubber ball, 12cm diameter 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2344/ 08/ 17
Suture 8/0 vicryl violet braided suture 3/8 circle spatula double needle 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2374/ 08/ 17
Irrigation / aspiration cannulae(simcoe) 60mm /60mm (23ga) 0.3mm aspiration port 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2376/ 08/ 17
Cystofix supra pubic catheter size 5fr 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2372/ 08/ 17
A Nipple protector / shield made from odourless ultra fine silicone 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2343/ 08/ 17
Syringe irrigation urethral 4oz bulb syringe sterile 60ml. 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.1993/ 07/ 17
Fetoscopes plastic (as per spec) 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.1961/ 07/ 17
Clear adhesive dressing sterile 55cm x 45cm. 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.1717/ 07/ 17
Baby bottle 0-3 months 160ml peristaltic nipple to encourange natural tongue movement and imitate natural sucking, wide based nipple to help baby open mouth widely , nipple must be be from ultra- soft silicone with double thickness- allows softness and elasticity matt surface nipple reduces stickiness and stops baby’s mouth slipping, nipple hole must be small, bottle must be BPA free and made of polypropylene 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2107/ 07/ 17
Nicu premature pacifier (34-3 months) no flavour, it must provide a superb fit for new babies and babies over 34weeks gestation during their hospital stay, it must be designed to accommodate cpap tubing, mechanical ventilation or tube feeding the pacifier must not manufactured with BPA, DEHP or natural rubber latex , it must be able to be sterilized BPA free made of medical grade silicone and made as one piece construction 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2108/ 07/ 17
sterilisation wrap 137cm x 137cm dual colour sterilization wrap, disposable non- woven polypropylene, altex free does not contain deph, two sheets C6 34. 78g/m2 thermally sealed on two opposite edges melting point of 150degree antistatic properties. Microbial barrier 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2170/ 08/ 17
PTA dilatation balloon 8mm x 4cm, & 10mmx4cm 80-140cm delivery length 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2151/ 08/ 17
Supply: Nicu premature pacifier(30-34 weeks) no flavour, it must provide a superb fit for growing preemies 30-34weeks gestation or smaller term babies during their hospital stay, it must be designed to accommodate cpap tubing, mechanical ventilation or tube feeding the pacifier must not manufactured with BPA, DEHP or natural rubber latex , it must be able to be sterilized BPA free made of medical grade silicone and made as one piece construction 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2109/ 07/ 17
Supply: Pulmocath mucus extractor with funnel shaped adaptor at the proximal round of the end of the suction tube for simple and secure connection 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2101/ 08/ 17
Supply: XL 1000 chest drainage kit not under water, no suction control 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2008/ 07/ 17
Endo tracheal tube size 3cm soft and pliable blue ivory non cuffed latex free 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2100/ 08/ 17
Norco rainbow- therapeutic putty, medium ref 454g 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2027/ 07/ 17
Mobiderm pad, cubes 15mmx15mm for mobilization of subcutaneous tissue 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2028/ 07/ 17

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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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