General Rules and Provisions

When purchasing goods and services, NSPA observes two main principles:

  • Consolidation – Requirements from various customers are consolidated in order to invite bids for larger quantities and obtain lower prices.
  • Competition – International competitive bidding by firms located in NSPO countries is the norm. (Only in special cases can a sole source be used or competition extended beyond NSPO countries.)

Details can be found in the NSPO’s Procurement Regulations and in the NSPA Procurement Operating Instruction.

In addition, contracts and purchase orders are subject to a number of other provisions:

For NATO standards publications (Standardization Agreements (STANAG), Allied Quality Assurance Publications (AQAP), etc.), see General Quality Assurance Provisions.

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Warning to Suppliers

Occasionally, some unscrupulous organizations/individuals address NSPA’s suppliers, invoking the Agency’s name, and solicit monetary contributions, to be paid to them (e.g. requesting payment for advertising to be made in a so-called "NSPA-sponsored" brochure).

Please be aware that NSPA does not approach customers or suppliers with sponsoring or advertising requests.

Should any supplier be approached by any individual, company or organization requesting money, sponsorship, or other favours on behalf of NSPA, they should immediately report the fact to NSPA’s

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