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  • A request for information is a standard business process whose purpose is to collect written

  • information about the capabilities of various suppliers. Normally it follows a format that

  • can be used for comparative purposes. An RFI is primarily used to gather information

  • to help make a decision on what steps to take next. RFIs are therefore seldom the final

  • stage and are instead often used in combination with the following: request for proposal,

  • request for tender, and request for quotation. In addition to gathering basic information,

  • an RFI is often used as a solicitation sent to a broad base of potential suppliers for

  • the purpose of conditioning suppliers' minds, developing strategy, building a database,

  • and preparing for an RFP, RFT, or RFQ. The RFI procedure is used in the construction

  • industry in cases where it is necessary to confirm the interpretation of a detail, specification

  • or note on the construction drawings or to secure a documented directive or clarification

  • from the architect or client that is needed to continue work.

  • An RFI raised by the general contractor that has been answered by the client or architect

  • and distributed to all stakeholders is generally accepted as a change to the scope of work

  • unless further approval is required for costs associated with the change.

  • It is common and accepted practice for a subcontractor or supplier to use an RFI to state his/her

  • concern related to the omission or misapplication of a product, and seek further clarification

  • of the building owner's intended use or the building official acceptance of the specified

  • product. It is also acceptable for the subcontractor to use an RFI to call attention to an inferior

  • product that may not meet the building owner's needs, and use his/her expertise to recommend

  • the better/correct product. See also

  • Request for proposal Request for tender

  • Request for quotation References

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