Deadline for lodging appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals:
The Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to bidders. This period allows unsuccessful bidders to receive further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the bidder was unsuccessful. Should additional information be required it should be requested of the addressee in section I.1 of the OJEU advertisement. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No. 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales, and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within three months). If a declaration of ineffectiveness is sought, any such action must be brought within 30 days where the Authority has communicated the award of the contract and a summary of reasons to bidders, or otherwise within 6 months. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.