Issue Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Difference Between a RFI, RFQ and RFP

We are regularly asked, ‘what is the difference between a Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Quote (RFQ)’. Below is an explanation of these three requests.

According to the Government, the differences between RFQ’s, RFI’s and RFP’s are as follows:

“RFx is an abbreviation used to refer to a group of ‘Request For…’ documents, used to solicit responses of various types from suppliers. The three documents used in this group include Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Quote (RFQ).

Request for Information (RFI)

An RFI is generally used when the solution to a business problem is not immediately evident or clearly defined. The RFI is used to gather information, NOT to make a selection or an award. The Supply Chain Management Unit works with the Customer to:

  • clearly define the problem;
  • solicit external expertise regarding how to solve the problem;
  • study proposed solutions.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

An RFP is used when the Customer understands the business problem and what’s needed to solve it, including specifications and procedures. Price is usually not the determining factor in the evaluation of an RFP. Factors such as quality, service, and reputation are also taken into consideration.

Request for Quote (RFQ)

An RFQ is generally used to obtain pricing, delivery information, terms and conditions from suppliers. In this case, requestors have a clear understanding of what they need, including requirements and specifications. To procure the exact product or service you need, the Customer provides the Supply Chain Management Unit with as much information as possible, including complete specifications, quantities, and delivery schedule.”

The common threat between all three types of requests is that the Customer or Government Entity is not obliged to appoint a service provider on the results from issuing any of these requests. The best way to know that a tender award will be made is when you respond to a formal quotation or a competitive bid. Normally a formal quotation will be for goods or services with a value between R30,000-00 and R200,000-00 and a competitive bid will be for goods or services with a value exceeding R200,000-00.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Unometer intra abdominal pressure device Ref 158100110190 x 100 units 2017-08-30 11:00 134/ 08/ 17
Double oxygen flow meters x 95 (specification attached) 2017-08-30 11:00 136/ 08/ 17
Spiral Extension set for anaesthetic use, micobore +-3 m, manufactured from medical grade Plastic & kink resistant micro-bore tubing x 1000 units. 2017-08-30 11:00 132/ 08/ 17
Disposable cuscos Large x 5000 Medium x 3000 Small x 2000 2017-08-30 11:00 95/ 07/ 17
Surgical gowns disposable reinforced X -Large x 8000 units. (Periodic Contract for 04 months). 2000 units to be delivered per month. 2017-08-30 11:00 119/ 08/ 17
Gowns surgical sterile reinforced - Large x 8000 units. (Periodic Contract for 04 months). 2000 units to be delivered per month. 2017-08-30 11:00 108/ 07/ 17
Half day infusor 5ml/h portable elastometric infusion system sterile x 120 units 2017-08-30 11:00 99/ 06/ 16
Skin graft carriers 3:1 dermacarriers (box of 20) x 60 boxes 2017-08-30 11:00 07/ 04/ 17
6-0 Prolene (0.7 metric) 30” (75cm) polypropylene suture blue monofilament sterile non absorbable surgical suture -4 strands per packet x 40 units. (This item is used in arterial surgery to repair tiny structures). 2017-08-30 11:00 131/ 08/ 17
Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy standard P.E.G.Kit 20F (67mm) for single use - sterile with contents x 20 units (This item is used in endoscopic surgery for gastrostomies). 2017-08-30 11:00 133/ 08/ 17
Skin graft carriers 1,5 : 1 dermacarriers (box of 20) x 60 boxes 2017-08-30 11:00 06/ 04/ 17
Dressing transparent adhesive film 56cm x 84m (box of 10) x 480 boxes. (Periodic Contract for 12 months) 40 boxes to be delivered per month 2017-08-30 11:00 40/ 05/ 17
2 Boxes, Advance DSP tip curved scissors 23Ga, 2 Boxes, Advance DSP tip ILM forceps 23Ga, 2 Boxes, Advance DSP tip endgrasping forceps 23Ga, 2 Boxes, Advance DSP tip MPC vertical scissors 23GG 2017-08-28 11:00 ZNQ: 492/ 17/ 18
Each box, Hydrofiber dressing with silver size 20 x30cm (Box/5) 2017-08-28 11:00 ZNQ: 490/ 17/ 18
Each, Magnetic resonance conditional superalloy coil with with spaced synthetic fibers 0.035” compatible various sizes 2cm- 2mm, 2cm- 3mm, 3cm- 2mm, 3cm-3mm. 2017-08-28 11:00 ZNQ: 498/ 17/ 18
Each, Magnetic resonance conditional superalloy coil with with spaced synthetic fibers 0.035” compatible various sizes 1cm- 2mm, 1cm- 3mm, 5cm-5mm, 20cm- 10mm, 20cm- 20mm 2017-08-28 11:00 ZNQ: 496/ 17/ 18
Each, Magnetic resonance conditional superalloy coil with with spaced synthetic fibers 0.035” compatible various sizes 10cm- -10mm, 10cm-12mm, 10cm-15mm, 10cm- 5mm, 10cm-8mm 2017-08-28 11:00 ZNQ: 495/ 17/ 18
Each, Temporary hymodialisis double lumen catheter kit size 11.5F 19.5cm 2017-08-28 11:00 ZNQ: 484/ 17/ 18
Each, Clear suction liner, 2L, Blue/White/ LIGHT Green with shutoff valve 2017-08-28 11:00 ZNQ: 480/ 17/ 18
10 Pack, Adult cardiopulmonary by pass tubing pack 2017-08-28 11:00 ZNQ: 382/ 17/ 18

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Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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