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Government of Jamaica

Procurement of Pharmaceutical Preparations 2023-2026 (NHF-RX1/2022)

Scope: The National Health Fund, an agency of the Ministry of Health, Jamaica, now invites bids from eligible bidders for the periodic supply of pharmaceutical preparations, as listed in the Schedule of Requirements of the tender documents, for a 36-month contract period for use in Government health facilities.

Format: Bidding will be conducted through the International Competitive Bidding process  specified in the Government of Jamaica, Handbook of Public Sector Procurement Procedures http://www.mof.gov.jm and is open to all bidders from all countries. 

Bidding documents will be available August 3, 2022 on the Electronic Government Procurement System at https://www.gojep.gov.jm/epps/home.do To register, select the “Register as a supplier” link from the home page. For assistance please contact the support desk at (876) 932-5220.

Pre-tender Meeting: A pre-tender meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 commencing at 10:00 AM local time. Bidders may join online via Zoom by registering in advance using the following link:


Bidders shall validate, pack and submit their bids electronically before 2:00 pm local time on  September 28, 2022

The National Health Fund reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid(s) or to re-tender, and to treat each request as a whole package or a part thereof.

For tenders to be considered, bidders must submit the following with their bids:

  1. A completed and signed Bid Submission Form.
  2. Completed and signed Bidder Information Form
  3. Proof of registration by the Ministry of Health and Wellness’, Standards and Regulation Division, in accordance with the Food and Drug Act 1964 of the Laws of Jamaica for all items offered, as verified by the Ministry of Health.
  4. If item is not registered in Jamaica, registration in one of the following referenced countries will be considered and may be accepted, subject to receiving the requisite approval from the Ministry of Health and Wellness: Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS), United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (UK) and European Medicines Agency. WHO   pre-qualified   products   will   also   be considered. Bidders offering products not registered in Jamaica but registered in one or more of the above referenced countries, or pre-qualified with WHO, must submit proof of that registration/pre-qualification along with a copy of the GMP Certificate and also submit the completed form at Section IX of the bidding document.
  1. A copy of distributor’s/wholesaler’s license from the appropriate regulatory authority (this is not required for bids being submitted directly from manufacturers).
  2. Pharmaceutical samples: One sample in the package size being offered of i) product not previously supplied to the NHF or ii) unregistered pharmaceutical must be submitted to the address below before the deadline for submission of bids. For Intravenous Fluids, at least six samples are required for new products being offered.

NB: Samples are not required for narcotics and other controlled substances, however, pictures of the product, package insert and labels are required.

  1. Testimonials where applicable: New suppliers, that is, suppliers who have not previously done business with the National Health Fund, shall furnish documentary evidence as to prior experience and ability to perform. The testimonials should be from at least two institutions with which the bidder has successfully executed contracts for similar products and should indicate the bidder’s prior experience and ability to perform.
  1. Completed and signed Payment Terms Form
  2. Completed and signed Schedule of Requirements
  3. Overseas and local bidders will be required to obtain valid Tax Compliance Certification (TCC) and Public Procurement Commission (PPC) registration, if they are selected for contract award. However, if any aspect of the contract will not be physically performed in Jamaica, the above is not a requirement for overseas bidders. For more information: http://www.integrity.gov.jm

All clarifications to these Bidding Documents will be handled via the electronic portal.

Bidders may quote on any one or more items under this invitation. Each item shall be evaluated and the contract(s) awarded separately to the firm(s) offering the lowest evaluated price for each item, or other considerations as outlined elsewhere in the tender documents. 

Bids shall be valid for a period of 270 days after bid submission and Bidders shall validate, pack and submit their bids electronically.

Where applicable, the relevant pharmaceutical samples must be delivered to

The National Health Fund
Pharmaceutical Division 
78 Marcus Garvey Drive 
Kingston 13 

no later than 2:00 p.m. local time, September 28, 2022 and placed in the box labelled “Samples – for the Procurement of Pharmaceutical Preparations No. NHF-RX1/2022”. Packages containing samples must also readily identify the bidder.

Late bid(s) will be rejected by the system and samples will be returned to the bidder(s) unopened.

The National Health Fund reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid(s) or to re-tender, and to treat each request as a whole package or a part thereof.

The information stated in this list is for guidance purposes only and the Procuring Entity accepts no responsibility for omissions from this list. Bidders are advised to read the entire tender document in order to provide a complete bid.



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