Open Market Consultation (OMC)

Successful procurement requires involving technology companies and consortia at the earliest possible stage. The Open Market Consultation (OMC) aims at actively approaching the market to discover the state of the art.

The OMC consists of an in-depth dialogue and provides an overview on the procurement objectives, the PCP process and the main clauses of contracts. Information sharing will follow established procurement principles of fairness, transparency, and accessibility to information.

AIMS of the OMC

Initiate the formal dialogue between CareMatrix buyers and the market players

Identify the gap between state-of-the art industry development and the identified needs

Provide a clear justification of the need to procure R&D services (confirm the PCP)

Provide input to fine-tune the request for tender requirements (ITT) and its annexes

Enable and increase the opportunities for the suppliers to form fit-for-purpose consortia

Identify market risks potentially able to endanger business goals and supplier performance

OMC STAGES and features

The OMC is initiated by the publication of the PIN with purpose to forewarn, alert, facilitate and simplify for the market to engage in a future transparent procurement process.

The PIN in the Carematrix project provides early information about the expected starting date and purchase volume for a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) in the sector of Integrated Health Care, and about the OMC that is organised in preparation of this procurement.

For wide publication and per Horizon 2020 guidelines it is published in TED (Tenders Electronic Daily), the online version of the ‘Supplement to the Official Journal of the EU’ dedicated to European public procurement.