Updated on November 28, 2023 03:32:05 PM
GeM stands for Government e-Marketplace, which is an Indian online platform for procurement of goods and services for government organizations.
The vendor exemption on GeM refers to a system of exemptions and waivers that allows certain categories of vendors to be exempt from certain registration and compliance requirements on the GeM platform.
These exemptions are typically given to small businesses, start-ups, and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as a way to encourage their participation on the platform and to promote inclusive procurement by the government.
The exemptions may include things such as waiving the security deposit required for registration, or allowing vendors to sell certain goods or services without obtaining certain certifications.
The exact exemptions and waivers that are available can vary depending on the policies and regulations of the government agency using the GeM platform. In general, the aim is to make it as easy as possible for small businesses and MSMEs to participate in government procurement and to level the playing field with larger vendors.
Under some product categories and guidelines few sellers are exempted from the vendor assessment test for their products and services. These are the following seller exempted from assessment.
If you falls under the exemption category then you can follow these steps to apply for Vendor assessment exemption.
Step-1: Login to your GeM account on the portal with your username and password.
Go to "my account" tab and then click on "My ACTION".
Step-2: Now Click on "CREATE EXEMPTION REQUEST" and select the format for vendor assessment exemption which is applicable as per nature of your category and then proceed.
Step-3: Upload all the necessary documents and certificate to make an assessment exemption request and then proceed further.
Once the uploading of required documents in complete note down your GeM vendor assessment exemption request ID for tracking.
Quality Council of India is the apex body that is solely responsible for issuing OEM status to vendors on GeM portal after successful assessment of their products.
Vendor assessment is carried out by QCI n 2 stages:
Applicants are required to submit Information and documents about their product and process and if any irregularities is found then non-compliance (NC) would be raised.
Video Assessment is conducted by an expert using the mobile based application through video calling. It will validate the entire process submitted by the vendor through documents in Desktop Assessment.
If vendors do not fall into the exemption category as per the GeM rules, then they are required to apply under normal assessment procedure and required to pay a non refundable fee of INR 11,200 including GST .
|Particulars||Cost and validity|
|GeM Vendor Assessment by QCI||Rs. 11,200 + GST|
|Validity period||3 years|
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After the Video Assessment, the seller gets the OEM certificate / Report.
Vendor Assessment is mandatory for products falling under Q1 and Q2 category on GeM Portal. After registration on GeM, sellers are required to apply for Vendor Assessment to evaluate the credentials and quality standards.
The central and state Government does the majority of procurement through GeM; however, private buyers also can enlist themselves to buy goods via GeM guidelines.
Vendor registration can be done through 2 ways:
After becoming an OEM on GeM Portal, seller can:
Original Equipment Manufacturers are termed as OEM in GeM portal. These OEMs are basically divided into four categories under GeM:
Both resellers as well as manufacturers are authorized to register on the GeM portal. Manufacturers have the authority to manage their resellers. In order to register as a reseller or trader, an authorization code as well as a letter is required from manufacturers to sell the product on the GeM portal.