The EU Commission has launched e-CERTIS, a free, on-line source of information to help companies and contracting authorities deal with different forms of documentary evidence required when tendering for public contracts.
The following information is designed to help you understand the functions of the system and how it can be of assistance during the tendering process.
e-CERTIS is a guide to the different documents & certificates required from companies tendering for public contracts in any EU country. It helps:
e-CERTIS does not cover the full range of documents contracting authorities may request – just the most frequently requested documents.
Tenderers bidding for contracts in other European countries may be asked to provide documents demonstrating they are qualified to perform the contract (Article 45 of Directive 2004/18/EC) – for instance that:
Usually, such proof takes the form of official certificates issued by national authorities or statements by the tenderer’s representative, certified in various ways (e.g. sworn before a notary or judge). They take different forms, may be issued by different authorities and are issued in the local language.
e-CERTIS has been designed to help you:
You can do this fairly quickly, using a range of search criteria, including keyword searches (however, you should remember that this will have to be done in the original language of the document being searched for).
What is the status of e-CERTIS search results?
e-CERTIS is a reference source. It simply gives you a better understanding of the various documents requested and accepted in different countries, and their content. The fact that e-CERTIS suggests that a document from country A corresponds to a particular certificate from country B is not legally binding.
Who keeps e-CERTIS up to date?
e-CERTIS is a joint initiative – the Commission provides and manages the system and national editorial teams make sure the information in it is complete, accurate and up to date.
How can I access e-CERTIS?
e-CERTIS is accessible on the website of the European Commission's Directorate-General for the Internal Market. You can access it through http://ec.europa.eu/markt/ecertis/login.do