Doing Business with PAHO
The PAHO Procurement and Supplies Management Area is responsible for the timely and efficient acquisition of goods and services from commercial firms in a competitive and transparent manner. PAHO regulations require that, as a general rule, procurement in excess of $5,000 shall be based on competitive tenders with a minimum of three suppliers invited to bid. Direct procurement may be authorized in exceptional circumstances. PAHO’s international procurement is managed from the Washington, DC Headquarters office with limited delegated authority to Field Office in Member Countries for local procurement. A review committee at Headquarters also examines proposed procurement actions above certain budgetary limits. Purchase Order awards for goods are generally based on cost and delivery considerations; Service Contract awards are based on technical merit and/or cost considerations.
PAHO Purchasing Units maintain information on potential suppliers for assigned commodities. Potential suppliers of the types of goods and services that PAHO procures are encouraged to complete the Company Profile Forms on this site in order to be registered with the Organization. Registered suppliers are classified by products and services based on the United Nations Common Coding System (UNCCS). This database is an important source of suppliers who are invited to bid on PAHO tenders. PAHO will evaluate your registration request and acknowledge that the firm has been registered.
Please note that suppliers of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, syringes and cold-chain equipment must be pre-qualified by WHO and/or PAHO in order to be included in bid solicitations for these goods.