Turkey has widened the scope of its public procurement regime to
now allow Technology Development Zones to participate in tenders.
These zones have now become eligible to receive a "competence
for technological products" certificate. Legislative changes
also increase the occupational health and safety measures which
must be implemented in service procurement tenders.
The changes were introduced by the Public Procurement Authority
and apply to tenders held by public authorities and institutions
governed by the Public Procurement Law. Two separate amendments
were published in Official Gazette number 29696 on 27 April 2016
According to the Amendment Regulations:
From 1 March 2016, Technology Development Zones are added to
the list of projects and entities entitled to be granted a
certificate of "competence for technological
products". Accordingly, goods and services which result
from R&D, innovation, or cooperation projects are entitled to
be granted a certificate of "competence for technological
products", provided these are conducted within Technology
Development Zones and supported by public authorities, foundations
or international funds.
From 1 March 2016, projects arising from research and
development activities, developed via the owner's equity, are
now entitled to be granted a certificate of "competence for
technological products", provided the Scientific and
Technological Research Council issues a document showing the
project was developed due to research and development.
The Standard Contract for Procurement of Services includes
contractor liabilities. These liabilities have been widened to
include a requirement that contractors provide occupational health
and safety, at their own expense. Contractors must now also take
all necessary occupational health and safety steps required by
New occupational health and safety requirements are added to
the General Conditions for Procurement of Services.
Contractors must now hire employees with necessary occupational
training for tasks classified as "hazardous" or
Contractors must now take all occupational health and safety
measures required by law for places where its employees live and
work, at their own expense.
Please see these links for the full text of the Amendment
Regulations (only available in Turkish):
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