COVID-19: Measures for the procurement of prescription medicines and other health products

March 25, 2020

Resolution No. 53960 of March 25th, 2020 introduced a new article establishing a special procedure for the procurement of medical supplies during the ongoing. This new provision amended Resolution No. 38941-2006-JD of February of 2006, which is the general procurement regulation for the Social Security Administration (“CSS” for its initials in Spanish).

This article establishes that, during the current “state of emergency”, purchases will be made under this procedure as long as the CSS Board of Directors, expressly recognizes the state of emergency and establishes the allowable expenditure amount.

Any such procurement must also be formalized through written agreement, subject to countersignature by the Comptroller General of the Republic, as well as other standard procedural requirements (e.g., Good standing certificates from both the Tax Authority and CSS, Public Registry Certificate, Health Registry, etc.