DNA Parentage Testing Service – Department for Work and Pensions
A fundamental principle of the Child Maintenance Group is to provide services that support separated families by assisting with the payment of maintenance between parents for their children.
United Kingdom-Sheffield: Services provided by medical laboratories
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
NUTS code: UK
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
DNA Parentage Testing Service.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
A fundamental principle of the Child Maintenance Group (CMG) is to provide services that support separated families by assisting with the payment of maintenance between parents for their children.
The Department uses DNA matching to confirm parentage where this has been questioned. During the life-cycle of the Child Maintenance application a Non Resident Parent/Paying Parent can dispute that they are the parent of a child named on an application and can chose to proceed with a DNA test through CMG’s accredited testing provider or to arrange their own private DNA test with a Ministry of Justice accredited testing provider.
Results from DNA testing enable CMG to confirm parentage and progress maintenance applications, securing payments for children from separated families.
II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.3)Place of performance
The Supplier will need to provide national coverage which includes Northern Ireland of the DNA Testing service.
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
The estimated volumes of referrals for DNA testing are approximately 205 per month (2 460 per year) however, these are not guaranteed.
It is expected that approximately 25 % of the cases referred will be cancelled after referral either before samples have been taken or after samples have been taken but before testing commences.
The contractor will need to carry out YSTR testing in relation to criminal investigations and report findings, along with providing statements regarding analysis to assist in the prosecution of criminal cases and for any and all witnesses to attend court as directed by the Courts, and Crown Prosecution Service.
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
II.2.10)Information about variants
II.2.11)Information about options
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Additional qualifying standards for this tender are:
To be accredited by the Ministry of Justice as a body that may carry out parentage tests directed by the civil courts in England and Wales under section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969.
To comply with the Human Tissue Act 2004, the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 and the Human Tissue Authority’s Code of Practice on Consent.
To comply with the Department of Health’s Good Practice Guide on Paternity Services.
To comply with the Data Protection Act.
To be a ‘Gatekeeper’ as defined by the National DNA Delivery Unit or Strategy Board — having the ability to submit profiles to be searched via the National DNA Database and receive the results of speculative searches from the NDNADB to compare against suspected fraudulent profiles.
If potential suppliers do not meet the above qualifying criteria at the time of their tender submission their bid will be rejected.
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: