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What is an eAuction?

An eAuction is an electronic system for the presentation of new prices or values. It is an online auction where suppliers use internet-based software to bid against each other in real time against a published specification.

eAuctions occur towards the end of the procurement process, after full evaluation of tenders. The buyer may conduct an  eAuction based on price and/or values of features from the specification to identify most economically advantageous tender

When are eAuctions used?

Buyers will sometimes use eAuctions when:

  • the requirement is of sufficient size to attract competition
  • the requirement can be accurately specified
  • there is a competitive market

An eAuction can be used in conjunction with:

  • The open procedure;
  • The restricted procedure;
  • Competitive Procedure with Negotiation
  • To conduct mini-competitions under a Framework Agreement.
  • A dynamic purchasing system.

An eAuction may not be used:

  • in public services or public works contracts whose subject matter involves intellectual performance, such as the design of works
  • to prevent, restrict or distort competition
  • for some services, for which it is not suitable, such as social care

If a buyer intends to conduct an eAuction they will make that clear in the contract notice and details of the process will be included in the specification for the requirement.

Next Step: Bid Clarification and Post Tender Negotiation