31. A public body may use a certification process for goods if
(1) the certification of goods is preceded by a public notice to that effect on the electronic tendering system specifying the filing deadline for complaints under section 21.0.4 of the Act; that deadline is determined, subject to the second paragraph, by adding to the date of the notice a period corresponding to half the time for receiving applications for certification but which may not, however,be less than 10 days;
(2) a list of the certificated goods is published on the electronic tendering system and every supplier is informed of the goods that are entered on the list or the reason for refusal if entry is denied; and
(3) a public notice of certification is published again at least once a year, even though the public body may certify goods at intervals varying from 1 to 3 years.
The public body must ensure that there is a period of at least 4 business days between the certification application filing deadline and the complaint filing deadline.
The first, third and fourth paragraphs of section 9 and Division II.1 of Chapter II apply, with the necessary modifications, to the certification of goods.
O.C. 531-2008, s. 31; S.Q. 2017, c. 27, s. 234.