NPM No. 134-2015
Requesting Entity: RedDot Imaging Philippines, Inc.
Issues Concern: Use of Gartner's Magic Quadrant as Part of Technical Specifications
Whether Gartner's Magic Quadrant can be included as part of Technical Specifications
[T] standards provided by Gartner Inc., may be used as a guide in developing technical specifications for various procurements but the term "Gartner Standard" cannot be expressly included or specifically stated in defining the technical requirements and in determining compliance with the technical specifications.
[T]he requirement that brands should be those included in the latest Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Global Enterprise Desktops and Notebooks cannot be specifically indicated in the technical specifications of the bidding documents as it runs counter to the very essence and principle of competition and to the prohibition against reference to brand names. [F]or the procurement of goods, specifications shall be based on relevant characteristics and/or performance requirements and not on a specific brand or "branded" goods.