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Vendor-neutral tendering of multi-function devices

These guidelines are designed to offer an overview of the basis and criteria for the procurement of print capable multi-functional devices (from now on multi-function devices or MFD) by public bodies. It was created as a result of a working group led by the Procurement Agency of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom e. V.). This document aims to provide public contracting entities at the federal, state as well as municipal levels with a reliable and understandable resource so as to allow them to formulate their tenders for the procurement of multi-function devices in a non-proprietary manner, i. e. in a way that avoids the use of protected brand names or the reference to a specific manufacturer, while taking into account current technical standards.