Challenges by Suppliers
In the event of a complaint by a supplier alleging that there has been a breach or failure of a Party’s adherence to the CFTA’s procurement review procedures, a supplier can issue a challenge in accordance with Article 518, paragraphs 5-7 of the CFTA:
“Each supplier shall be allowed a sufficient period of time to prepare and submit a challenge, which in no case shall be less than ten days from the time when the basis of the challenge became known or reasonably should have become known to the supplier.
Each Party shall establish or designate at least one impartial administrative or judicial authority that is independent of its procuring entities to receive and review a challenge by a supplier.
If a body, other than an authority referred to in paragraph 6, initially reviews a challenge, the Party shall ensure that the supplier may appeal the initial decision to an impartial administrative or judicial authority that is independent of the procuring entity whose procurement is the subject of the challenge.”