Q: I need consultancy services for a very technical aspect of a project study that should be completed quickly. I know of a consultancy company that I trust, since I have worked with them in the past. Given the time pressures we are under, may I skip the tender process and issue a contract immediately?
A: You should carefully manage CERN’s resources and comply with the procurement procedures, which are available on the Finance and Procurement Department web site. In your case, even if the contract sum is below the applicable thresholds for the tender process, you should consider what is in the best interests of CERN and avoid any real or perceived conflict of interest. If you are unsure, contact the Finance and Procurement Department for advice.