The Review Body on Bid Challenges is an organization set up by party states that allows suppliers to challenge irregular government tenders.  These bodies are independent and strive to deal with each case quickly. The review body is also empowered to recommend rapid interim measures, which can be recommended within days, when an evaluation body finds a first-application case for an auction challenge.  > agreement on public procurement > technical cooperation activities > public procurement publications > publications and the Doha Agenda for the Development > Public Procurement and > relevant instruments adopted by other organisations > tenth Ministerial Conference: Communications on the Supply of Information On 30 March 2012, parties to the GPA have adopted a review of the GPA. The revised agreement expands the markets covered by the GPA to provide U.S. products, services and suppliers with new opportunities to participate in centralized and sub-centralized procurement in other GPA parties. The revised agreement also provides for a substantial improvement in the text of the treaty by modernising the text to take into account current procurement practices and to clarify its commitments. The revised agreement enters into force for the parties who accepted it on the 30th day after it was tabled by two-thirds of the parties to the current agreement and, subsequently, for each of the parties that accept it on the 30th day following its adoption. In order to ensure open, fair and transparent conditions of competition in public procurement, a number of WTO members negotiated the Public Procurement Agreement (GPA). GPA membership is limited to WTO members who have specifically signed or subsequently joined the GPA. WTO members are not required to join the GPA, but the United States urges all WTO members to participate in this important agreement. Several countries, including China, Jordan and Moldova, are negotiating GPA membership.
The signatories of the GPA agreed that companies from other signatory countries will not be treated less favourably in terms of public procurement than domestic firms, in accordance with the principles of national treatment and non-discrimination. Locally created businesses are no less well treated because they are of foreign origin or because the goods and services they offer are of foreign origin. Please note that the CETA text is presented here for informational purposes.