How to Work With GHSC-PSM

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The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project is committed to integrity in procurement, striving to be a good business partner with suppliers while complying with contract terms and U.S. government regulations.

We use a full and open competitive procedure to facilitate timely delivery of quality products and services at a reasonable cost. Suppliers are selected based on objective business criteria such as price, technical merit, and best value.

In our view, good business partners agree to and follow the contract terms. Their operations are consistent with commercial business practices, and they comply with USAID regulations and policies.

GHSC-PSM Supplier Criteria

To be considered, a prospective GHSC-PSM supplier must:

  • Comply with U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 22 CFR 228, rules for procuring commodities and services financed by USAID
  • Adhere to GHSC quality requirements, including the GHSC-Quality Assurance (QA) list of eligible suppliers/products and standards from:
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)
    • USAID recognized Stringent Regulatory Authority (SRA)
    • World Health Organization (WHO)
    • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
    • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations 
  • Have a valid registration from the National Drug Regulatory Authority (NDRA), when product registration is required 
Eligibility Criteria by Health Area

For each health area, the following eligibility criteria apply:





Pharmaceuticals: Antiretrovirals

  • US FDA NDA, ANDA or Tentatively Approved    

Pharmaceuticals: Essential Medicines

  • Preapproved by a USAID wholesaler

Ready-to-use therapeutic foods


Supplier Requirements:

  • Certified National License for Food Manufacturing(Valid license issued by local authorities with validity period)
  • Certificate of Compliance ISO 22000:2005
  • Validated HACCP Plan
  • Validated Pathogen and Environmental Monitory Program (PEM)
  • Validated Microbiology Zoning Demarcation
  • Recent (<2 yrs) Inspection report from regulatory authority, ISO audit, UNICEF/MSF/WFP or other major certifying body.
Product Specifications based on USAID approved requirements

(voluntary medical male circumcision, lab supplies, and reagents)

  • Adhere to the GHSC-QA requirements for quality assurance
  • Comply with international standards, such as European Standards (CE); ISO, including applicable standard number; WHO; and/or GMP standards


  • US FDA PMA/510k
  • WHO Prequalified

Male condoms, female condoms, and lubricants

  • US FDA 510K


Antimalarial medicines


Rapid diagnostic tests

  • A Plasmodium falciparum (PF) panel detection score of at least 75 percent at 200 parasites μl
  • A Plasmodium vivax (P.vivax) panel detection score at least 75 percent at 200 parasites μl
  • A false-positive rate of less than 10 percent
  • An invalid rate of less than 5 percent

Long-lasting insecticide-treated nets

  • Approved by the WHO Pesticide Evaluations Scheme Phase II
Reproductive Health

Oral contraceptives, injectables, implants

  • Approved by a USAID recognized SRA
  • Prequalified by WHO PQT

Intrauterine devices

  • CE Mark and UNFPA Listed
GHSC-QA Quality Alert Notice

Click this link to be directed to the GHSC-QA Quality Alert Notice.

Global Standards for Product Identification, Labeling, and Data Exchange

GHSC-PSM has implemented a product identification, labeling, and data exchange requirement for commodities procured under this mechanism.  A formal requirement is included in all bid solicitations and contracts. GHSC-PSM expects suppliers to implement this requirement with no subsequent impact on ceiling prices in contracts through the duration of the project. For more information on this requirement, please refer to the GHSC-PSM Global Standards Technical Implementation Guide or contact

Responding to Sourcing Events on ARTMIS

The following training session and presentation provides an introduction to ARTMIS that provides more information on the appropriate use of ARTMIS and potentially doing business with GHSC-PSM.

Guidance for Suppliers on the ARTIMIS Vendor Portal (PDFs)

This guidance provides existing and new suppliers on how to access vendor support. 

ARTMIS Release 2 Supplier Training (YouTube video)

This video recording of a training session provides a comprehensive presentation for organizations interested in doing business with GHSC-PSM on how to respond to and participate in a GHSC-PSM sourcing event on ARTMIS. This recording is approximately 1.25 hours in length and is in English. You may view all or portions of it at any time.

ARTMIS Release 2 Sourcing-Supplier Job Aid (Powerpoint)

This slide presentation, in English, illustrates the actions required of organizations when responding to a GHSC-PSM sourcing event on ARTMIS: viewing an invitation to a sourcing event; logging onto ARTMIS; viewing, accepting, and responding to a sourcing event; entering a bid; and viewing and sending messages through ARTMIS.

Evaluation Criteria

Offerors who meet minimum eligibility requirements are then typically evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Price
  • Quality
  • Lead time
  • Registration
  • Shelf life
  • Past performance

Past performance is evaluated based on how well the supplier meets the terms and conditions of any past or on-going contracts with GHSC-PSM, for example, whether or not the supplier provided the specified commodities by the agreed goods availability date.

How To Get Paid

Supplier Registration

All suppliers must register in the GHSC-PSM system by clicking “Sign up now.”  

U.S. based vendors must submit their subcontract, electronic funds transfer authorization form, and W-9 tax form.

International vendors must submit their subcontract and wire transfer form. Please note that international vendors must have a United States intermediary bank.

Invoice Processing

When an order is placed, it is documented through an executed agreement in one of the following ways:

  • Subcontract — either firm fixed price, firm unit price, or indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ)
  • Purchase order (PO) issued under an IDIQ subcontract
  • PO issued under a blanket purchase agreement
  • Simplified PO


When you submit an invoice to GHSC-PSM, backup documentation is required according to the terms of the executed agreement. The following is a list of backup documents that may be required

  • A signed PO under an IDIQ or firm fixed price subcontract, issued by GHSC-PSM. The PO needs to be included in all commodity payment requests.
  • Original invoice, issued by the supplier. The invoice needs to reference the PO number and indicate the quantity, per-unit price, tax information, and total.
  • Shipping documents, issued by the supplier. This document includes such shipping information as the freight carrier receipt and packing list. The packing list must reference the invoice and PO numbers and indicate weight and quantity of the shipment.
  • Certificate of origin, issued by the supplier
  • Delivery order/note, issued by GHSC-PSM. The quantity must match that in the packing list.
  • Certificate of analysis, issued by the supplier
  • Air/sea waybill, issued by the third-party logistics provider or the supplier. The quantity must match that in the packing list. If the shipment is palletized, the number of units and the number of pallets must be listed. 
  • Forwarder certificate of receipt, issued by the third-party logistics provider or the supplier. Quantity must match that in the packing list.
  • Bill of lading, issued by the third-party logistics provider
  • Any additional costs that may be listed in the invoice must be reflected in the subcontract/PO or have received the written approval of GHSC-PSM.


Contact Information

For more details on eligibility requirements and how to become a registered supplier, please contact:

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