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: 3 x gbc fusion 3000l laminator a3 2018-02-26 11:00 GM11800634
Supply and delivery of duffel bag to the saps for a period of two (2) years 2018-03-16 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 63TD (17)
Routine (preventative) and breakdown maintenance of eleven (11) Fuji Frontier Digital Minilab printers for a period of three (3) years 2018-03-27 11:00 Bid no. 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 98 TR (17/ 18)
Annual Servicing of Pharmaceutical Fridge At KwaDabeka Community Health Centre. 2018-03-02 11:00 ZNQ 649/ 17
Supply Only Red Central Storage Areal Container As Per Specification At Halley Stott Clinic 2018-03-02 11:00 ZNQ 647/ 17
Supply Only Red Central Storage Areal Container As Per Specification At KwaDabeka Community Health Centre Clinic 2018-03-02 11:00 ZNQ 648/ 17
Supply Only Red Central Storage Areal Container as per specification at Clermont Clinic 2018-03-02 11:00 ZNQ 646/ 17
Procurement of Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) instrument. 2018-03-09 11:00 NMISA (17- 18) T0061
Supply Suture Vicryl V486g 90cm 40mm Reverse Cutting as per specification 2018-03-12 11:00 ZNQ 1139/ 17- 18
Travel Management Bid For 2018-2020 2018-03-16 14:00 CBRTA/ HO/ 0040
Re-Advert - Appointment of a service provider for the rollout and management of biometric learner attendance monitoring system 2018-03-02 11:00 013- 2017/ 2018
Procurement of supercritical fluid extraction - chromatography system with UV detector and fraction collector 2018-03-09 11:00 NMISA (17- 18) T0058
Supply suture 1g 75cm/3/8c 60mm cutting needle as per specification 2018-03-12 11:00 ZNQ 1138/ 17- 18
Supply: Caesarean section drape with pouch and incise and with mayor cover, disposable. 2018-03-12 11:00 ZNQ 1022/ 17- 18
Supply: Wound dressing double hydrocolloid hydrogel containing pectin and sodium CMC 15g - 3000 boxes, please provide sample. 2018-03-06 11:00 67/ 17- 18
Re-Advert - Provision of insurance services by an insurance underwriter 2018-03-02 11:00 016- 2017/ 2018
Appointment of a Group Risk Insurance/Assurance Provider for all CIPC Employees 2018-03-26 11:00 CIPC BID NUMBER: 30/ 2017/ 2018
Supply Wound dressing (triple hydrocolloid dressing with polyurethane foam 20 x 20 cm) - 3000 boxes 2018-03-06 11:00 438/ 17- 18
Rendering a hospitality service, including a small retail component, aligned with the Mcgregor Museum brand, in the Mcgregor Museum shop located at the premises known as the Mcgregor Museum. 2018-03-09 11:00 NCDSAC- 003- 2017
Supply Wound dressing (100% soduim carboxymethylcellulose NaCMC fibrous hydrocolloid dressing 15 x 15 cm) - 3000 boxes. please provide sample 2018-03-06 11:00 437/ 17- 18

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Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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