NPM No. 054-2015
Requesting Entity: Local Water Utilities Administration
Issues Concern: International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2004 Certification
Reasonableness of requiring ISO 14001:2004 Certification as a technical eligibility for the procurement of main/distribution pipes through pubic bidding
A procuring entity cannot add another requirement to, nor delete any requirement from, the identified list of eligibility requirements under Sections 23.1 and 24.1 of the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9184.
Whenever possible and practicable, an ISO Certification may be included in the technical specifications for a procurement project, provided that such requirement will not be too limiting that it becomes restrictive and violative of the principle of competition, and the standards required can be validly measured, tested, proven and/or confirmed.
[ISO 14001:2004 specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail?csnumber=31807 accessed on 8 October 2015.]