You know the situation: You browse through the specifications, and the longer you read them, the clearer it becomes to you what products the client wants but has not explicitly written into them. Annoyed, you put the performance specification aside. Because you can not or do not want to build with these products, for technical or even economic reasons.
Go into the Clinch
In doing so, you should do the exact opposite. Hidden product specification, i.e. product specifications that are not explicitly established but rather result from the interaction of all individual specifications and thus quasi tacitly, are very common. And (not only) according to our conviction always (!) inadmissible. So if you want to defend yourself, formulate a reprimand — preferably with the help of a lawyer.
And what exactly do you want me to contest?
How about this: The provision is contrary to procurement law because it is non-transparent. It is concealed and covered up that in reality the tendering process is not product-neutral, but product-specific. This is also likely to violate the principles of equal treatment and competition, which you could also complain about. In addition, there are a few provisions of the VOB/A or EU VOB/A that could also be violated.
But what do I get out of that?
If the client “opens” the tender on your complaint, you may be able to offer the products that you yourself prefer. Particularly since the complaint communication with the client may open up completely new perspectives for you. All of a sudden, an uninteresting tender turns into a real win. And if the contracting authority does not cooperate, you can make a quick call to the contract review authorities. The chances of success are good with a concealed product specificity. Always keep in mind: According to a BGH decision from 2011, the contracting authority must at least reimburse the attorney’s fees in accordance with the German Attorney’s Fees Act (Rechtsanwaltsvergütungsgesetz) if the complaint is well-founded. And he does it most of the time. Often also without grumbling.
*This legal tip is not a substitute for legal advice in individual cases. By its very nature, it is incomplete, nor is it specific to your case, and it also represents a snapshot in time, as legal principles and case law change over time. It cannot and does not cover all conceivable constellations, serves entertainment and initial orientation purposes and is intended to motivate you to clarify legal issues at an early stage, but not to discourage you from doing so.