NPM No. 119-2017
Requesting Entity: Ms. Wilma V. Benedicto
Issues Concern: ISO Certification 2008:9001
Whether the Procuring Entity may require a Certification of ISO 9001:2008, either as an eligibility requirement or part of the technical specifications in the Bidding Documents for the procurement of goods
[I]t is our considered view that under Republic Act No. 9184, its 2016 revised Implementing Rules and Regulations, and its associated issuances, ISO 9001:2008 Certification cannot be included as part of the eligibility requirements, neither can it be required as part of the technical specifications in the Bidding Documents since it does not refer to the actual quality of the goods being procured but refers to the quality management system of the supplier.