Qualified products lists
(1) A contracting agency may develop and maintain a qualified products list in instances in which the testing or examination of goods before initiating a procurement is necessary or desirable in order to best satisfy the requirements of the contracting agency. For purposes of this section, “goods” includes products that have associated or incidental service components, such as supplier warranty obligations or maintenance service programs.
(2) In the initial development of any qualified products list, a contracting agency shall give public notice, in accordance with ORS 279B.055 (Competitive sealed bidding) (4), of the opportunity for potential contractors, sellers or suppliers to submit goods for testing and examination to determine their acceptability for inclusion on the list and may solicit in writing representative groups of potential contractors, sellers or suppliers to submit goods for the testing and examination. Any potential contractor, seller or supplier, even though not solicited, may offer its goods for consideration.
(3) A contracting agency’s inclusion of goods on a qualified products list shall be based on the results of tests or examinations. Notwithstanding any provision of ORS 192.311 (Definitions for ORS 192.311 to 192.478) to 192.478 (Exemption for Judicial Department), a contracting agency may make the test or examination results public in a manner that protects the identity of the potential contractor, seller or supplier that offered the goods for testing or examination, including by using only numerical designations. Notwithstanding any provision of ORS 192.311 (Definitions for ORS 192.311 to 192.478) to 192.478 (Exemption for Judicial Department), a contracting agency may keep confidential trade secrets, test data and similar information provided by a potential contractor, seller or supplier if so requested in writing by the potential contractor, seller or supplier.
(4) The inclusion of goods on a qualified products list does not constitute and may not be construed as a prequalification under ORS 279B.120 (Prequalification of prospective bidders and proposers) and 279B.125 (Application for prequalification) of any prospective contractor, seller or supplier of goods on the qualified products list. [2003 c.794 §60]
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