Consortia suppliers

When multiple suppliers put together a single bid, and are awarded as a group, this is known as a consortium.

In some countries, these suppliers only create a legal entity after the award, to sign the contract; or, they decide on a prime contractor, with the others being subcontractors.

In such cases, the Award object in OCDS can have multiple suppliers associated with it, one for each member of the consortium.

Example: Consortia suppliers

Siemens and Microsoft bid as a consortium for a contract to develop a new medical imaging device for the Department of Health and Social Care.

The contract is awarded to the consortium; however, the legal entity for the consortium is not created until after the contract award.

Both Siemens and Microsoft are listed as suppliers on the contract award in OCDS, with the respective legal entity identifiers for each organization:

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Medical imaging device development

SIEMENS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

GB-COH

727817

MICROSOFT LIMITED

GB-COH

1624297