Price and Quality Reporting (PQR) System
The Price and Quality Reporting (PQR) system is a publicly accessible online database that collects and displays data on procurement transactions made by Global Fund-supported programmes. Data is entered by Principal Recipients (PRs) and verified by Local Fund Agents (LFAs). The objectives of the PQR include:
- to communicate market information to recipients and to inform budgets;
- to enable the Global Fund to benchmark prices achieved against international reference sources and relevant comparators;
- to identify value-for-money opportunities;
- to monitor compliance with the Global Fund’s Quality Assurance Policies; and
- to build market intelligence and inform policy making.
Currently the Global Fund requires information for the following six product categories:
- long-lasting insecticidal nets and insecticides for indoor residual spraying activities;
- diagnostic products for HIV, TB, malaria and co-infections such as syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C;
- anti-TB medicines;
- anti-malaria medicines; and
Purchases of products that do not fall within these six categories of products do not need to be entered.
The required data to enter into the PQR include: supplier or manufacturer data, dosage, unit cost, packaging information, shipping or other related costs, total cost of the transaction. Data should be entered into the PQR upon receipt of consignment using the best information available at the time (proforma invoice, supplier cost estimate, manufacturer’s invoice, or final invoice). There is no need to wait for a final invoice before entering the data. If the data entered into the PQR is based on a cost estimate or pro-forma invoice and the final invoice differs significantly from the data entered, the Country office (CO) should update the data entries based on the newly available information in the final invoice. However, it is not necessary to update the PQR if the differences between final invoice and PQR data entries represent less than a 5% change in unit costs or if the differences are limited to freight, insurance, customs, duties or handling costs.
COs should follow the guidance detailed in the Quick Guide to the Global Fund’s Price and Quality Reporting System (December 2014) when entering data in the PQR system. The Guide includes step-by-step guidance, frequently asked questions and various examples.
In verifying the entries in the PQR for accuracy and completeness the LFA would generally expect to see scanned invoices in the “Attachments” Section of the PQR. However, as per UNDP policy and internal UNDP regulations detailed in the Global Fund/LFA Access To Information Guidance Note, COs shall not share or show procurement documentation such as:
- invoices paid by UNDP or any other UN agency;
- cost estimates;
- contracts for goods and services;
- delivery notes signed with a UN agency, clearing documents and bills of lading; and
- payment vouchers or supplier invoices for UN.
Therefore, COs should not upload such documents into the PQR. Instead, COs should complete an Excel spreadsheet (see an example here) containing the requested information, obtain the signature of the Procurement and Supply Management (PSM) Specialist or the Programme Manager, and upload it in the “Attachments” section of the PQR. It is recommended that the spreadsheet is reviewed internally prior to data entry into PQR. The accuracy of the spreadsheet presented to the LFA is extremely important, and inconsistencies and/or inaccuracies may result in disbursement delays.