Use of Merit Point Criteria for Bid Evaluation

Business Guide | December 2021

Merit point criteria (MPC) contributes to fit-for-purpose procurement outcomes that achieve value for money and project's development objectives. This guidance note outlines the benefits of MPC and how they should be structured, formulated, and used in ADB projects.

Practical examples and case studies presented are aimed at assisting borrowers, including grant recipients, in using MPC in projects financed in whole or in part by ADB loans or grants, or by ADB-administered funds. The guidance note reflects the principles-based approach in ADB’s procurement policy and the procurement regulations for ADB borrowers.


  • Introduction
  • Use of Merit Point Criteria
  • Incorporating Merit Point Criteria Into Bidding Documents