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Public procurement
  1. Jo Swartenbroekx
  1. Correspondence to Jo Swartenbroekx, Pharmacy Department, University Hospital Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium; Jo.Swartenbroekx{at}

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In 2012 the European Directive 2004/18/EC will be fully implemented into Belgian law, thereby obliging all hospitals to apply public procurement procedures to all contracts. This new law details the conditions contracting authorities should apply; it concerns prices and contracts of goods, services and works.

European Directive 2004/18/EC has the following objectives: tenders must be public in order that all suppliers are able to participate, procedures have to be transparent, selection and award criteria must be objective, decisions should be reasoned and …

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