After the publication of notice of the best evaluated bidder, the Procuring entity (i.e. Ministry, Agency and Departments etc….) shall not award the contract to the successful bidder until (10) ten working days have elapsed. This is known as the “standstill period”. Within the ten (10) working days, the bidders has the right to challenge the decision of award if they feel that they are not satisfied with the outcome or find that the tender procedure was not done fairly. To challenge the decision of award, the bidder must first formally write a letter to the head of the Procuring Entity (PS/CEO/Director etc…) explaining the raison d’être for the challenge accompanied by a non-refundable fee of SR 300.00.Upon receipt of the challenge, the Procuring Entity must forward a copy of the letter to the Procurement Oversight Unit (referred to as POU) for record keeping. The Procuring Entity will have (10) ten working days to respond to the challenge until then no contract award shall be made. In order to gain a better understanding of this process, the diagram below provides a more schematic view of the process:

The Public Procurement Act 2008, Section 98 (4) states that a CEO shall not accept a challenge made under this section, unless it is submitted within the (10) working days from the date the bidder or supplier submitting his/her application – Was informed of ;or Became aware of; The circumstances giving rise to the challenge or from the date the bidder or supplier should have become aware of those circumstances, whichever is earlier. If the aggrieved bidder is still unsatisfied by the response from the Procuring Entity and still wants to complaint further, then, they can submit their appeal to the Review Panel. (Section 99 of the Public Procurement Act 2008)