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Is it an obligation to set up a binding procedure to choose the participating centres for a clinical trial in a project?

Question details: 
For the clinical trial in a project the participating centres have been identified as subcontractors to include patients and it is foreseen that an agreement is signed between the sponsor and the participating centre. Is it an obligation to set up a binding procedure to choose the participating centres?
Answer: 

The beneficiaries must base their subcontracts on the ‘best value for money’ or on the lowest price. The best value for money principle does not require competitive selection procedures in all cases. However, if a beneficiary did not request several offers, it must demonstrate how best value for money was ensured.