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00:57 Oct 26, 2000
French to English translations [PRO] Bus/Financial
French term or phrase:consultation
I have a feeling I have asked this question before. Sorry if this is the case. Can "consultation" mean "a call for tenders"? This seems to be what it means as several companies are replying to this "consultation" by making bids.
Thanks in advance
might also try: "request for proposals", according to the context...
Explanation: In many US industries, and notably in the US public sector, the term is so commonly used that you seldom hear it other than by its acronym, "RFP". Its variants are "request for bids" and "request for qualifications (RFQ)", the distinction being whether or not the bidder selection criteria are more heavily weighted toward qualifications than lowest price.
In many cases, prior to a bid opening, there exists also a bidders' conference to raise and to answer or clarify issues that may not be altogether clear in the specifications of the RFP. Such a conference might be considered more akin to our notion in English of "consultations"...