WORKING WITH DG ECHO AS AN NGO PARTNER | 2021 - 2027
Partners can purchase from suppliers on other donors’ list as they would purchase from any other supplier, as long as the quality assurance rules of DG ECHO in the document “Provisions on medical and food supplies applicable to actions funded under the EU Humanitarian Partnership Certificate 2021 –2027” are met. The difference is that since these suppliers have been pre-certified by those donors, it should be easier for Partners to obtain the proof that the standards are met.
Mosquito nets are not considered as medical supplies while ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to address acute malnutrition is considered as such.
Pre-certification of suppliers does not fall within the scope of the mission of the PIC/S as  the aim of PIC/S is to develop common standards in the field of Good Manufacturing
Practices (GMP) hence to ensure that the production of medicines meets the required  quality standards.
Costs of staff incurred before the starting date of the action are not eligible. This includes  the costs of the persons (e.g. administrative) working on the procurement
procedures. Only costs for the purchases would be eligible, as they would be delivered  during the project duration. The same applies to storage costs.
The ceiling of 60,000 EUR does not apply to sub-contractors: it only applies to financial support to third parties / IPs (which broadly refers to ‘sub-granting’).
Subcontractors participate in the action by carrying out action tasks for the beneficiary,  which could consist for example in the purchase of goods, works or services that are identified as action tasks. On the other hand, suppliers of goods, works or services do  not implement action tasks themselves, but only make resources available to the beneficiary.