British Council Language Tests Delivery Platform
British Council are aiming to expand the BC Tests business by developing the product portfolio further and increasing the number of markets in which its tests are available.
United Kingdom-London: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
10 Spring Gardens
For the attention of: Martin Lowder
SW1A 2BN London
General address of the contracting authority: www.britishcouncil.org
Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/britishcouncil
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)
I.2)Type of the contracting authority
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 7: Computer and related services
NUTS code UKI
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The British Council has been involved in the field of English language testing for 65 years. It launched the 1st of its own BC Tests products in August 2012, a B2B product called Aptis, which has since been followed by variants for Teachers and Teens.
British Council are aiming to expand the BC Tests business by developing the product portfolio further and increasing the number of markets in which its tests are available. This expansion needs to be underpinned by robust quality assurance and the need for a test platform that supports us in demonstrating the statistical validity and reliability of our products.
British Council currently delivers in the range of 100 000 tests a year in approximately 85 countries across the globe and aim to be delivering up to 600 000 by 2018. Approximately 2/3 of the total is computer-based tests with the remaining 3rd pen and paper.
British Council works with a variety of partners from Ministries of Education to Higher Educational institutions, schools and corporates are currently using Aptis for placement, benchmarking and recruitment purposes. It delivers through a combination of test venues either provided by the above clients or on its own premises.
British Council are therefore looking for a flexible and robust test platform to deliver its current and future testing needs. It could be a cloud-based solution to ensure that the time to develop and implement new features and functionality is kept to a minimum. Where possible the introduction of new features and functionality should also require as little downtime as possible.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.9)Information about variants
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
(b) Is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order for compulsory winding up or administration by the Court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations,
(c) Has been convicted by a judgement which has the force of res judicata in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct,
(d) Has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means, which the Contracting Authorities can demonstrate,
(e) Has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the Contracting Authority,
(f) Has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the Contracting Authority,
(g) Is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under this section or has not supplied such information,
(h) Has been the subject of a conviction for participation in a criminal organisation as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA,
(i) Has been the subject of a conviction for corruption as defined in Article 3 of the Council Act of 26.5.1972 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA3 respectively,
(j) Has been the subject of a conviction for fraud within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities,
(k) Has been the subject of a conviction for money laundering as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive91/308/EEC of 10.6.1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Means of proof required. These conditions are outlined in the questionnaires. All completed questionnaires should be submitted to the relevant section on https://in-tendhost.co.uk/britishcouncil
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Means of proof required. These conditions are outlined in the questionnaires. All completed questionnaires should be submitted to the relevant section on https://in-tendhost.co.uk/britishcouncil
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
Prior information notice
Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 236-415238 of 6.12.2014
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
Suppliers will be required to register with https://in-tendhost.co.uk/britishcouncil to take part in the tender process.
Once registered Contractors must re-enter the site, go to their tenders and download the relevant documents, complete it and upload it. Instructions can be downloaded from https://in-tendhost.co.uk/britishcouncil
Means of proof required. These conditions are outlined in the documents. All completed documents should be submitted to the relevant section onhttps://in-tendhost.co.uk/britishcouncil
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: