System of the National Registry of Contractors Online
Ruling No. DG/2016-0013 of July 1, 2016 (the “Ruling”) was published in Official Gazette No. 40.962 of August 9, 2016. Said Ruling provides that in order to be registered with the National Registry of Contractors (Registro Nacional de Contratistas - “RNC”), the interested parties must access the RNC system online, through the web page of the National Service of Contracting , in order to provide the information required, following the instructions contained in the User Manual for Contractors (Manual de Usuarios para Contratistas), made by the National Service of Contracting (Servicio Nacional de Contrataciones - “SNC”). Registration is without charge.
The Ruling also establishes that the interested party, after carrying out the registration, may request its qualification, which will be immediately granted. Likewise, for verification purposes, the applicant must file the documentation required by the SNC within 10 business days following the uploading of the information. Should the documentation not be filed in said period of time, the qualification will have no effect. The RNC, within 10 business days following the receipt of the documents, must verify that the information recorded in the RNC System Online faithfully reflects what is contained in the documentation filed by the applicant. The evaluation and verification of such information will result in the maintenance of the qualification granted or in objections that have to be cured. The applicant will have up to 2 opportunities to correct the objections made, in the period of time established by the RNC for each case. Should such objections not be cured, the qualification obtained will have no effect and the applicant may begin a new qualification process.
The applicant whose qualification process is closed without the relevant Certificate having been granted may be subject to audits by the RNC, when there are inconsistencies in the information filed. In this case, the applicant may not begin a new qualification process up to the time when the audit is completed, which audit may not exceed 60 business days. In case of doubt about the veracity of the information filed for purposes of obtaining the qualification, the RNC will suspend said process and request the commencement of the relevant administrative proceeding.
In a period of ten business days, the persons registered and qualified at the RNC must give notice of any amendment to their articles of incorporation or provisions of their by-laws, acts of appointments, revocation of attorneys-in-fact, and any other data or information of interest for their proper identification, representation, and legal qualification. Said persons may not participate in the procedures governed by the Public Contracting law without such notice having been given.
The Ruling became effective as from July 1, 2016.
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