External expertise for the NICE Scientific Advice Programme

External expertise for the NICE Scientific Advice Programme

This is primarily aimed at developers of pharmaceutical products, but we do also provide advice on medical devices and diagnostics. NICE requires external experts to provide advice to our technical team.

UK-London: contract administration services

2012/S 193-317900

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence
MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn
Contact point(s): Y Tutt
WC1V 6NA London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1618703197
E-mail: yvonne.tutt@nice.org.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.nice.org.uk

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
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Health
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Tender to source external expertise for the NICE Scientific Advice Programme.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Suppliers premises with attendance at NICE Manchester or London.
NUTS code UK
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The NICE Scientific Advice Programme (SA) provides consultation about NICE’s evidence requirements during its appraisal processes. This is primarily aimed at developers of pharmaceutical products, but we do also provide advice on medical devices and diagnostics. NICE requires external experts to provide advice to our technical team.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79994000, 85140000, 79990000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Joint & Severable.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Company accounts as detailed in the specification are to be submitted with proposals.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
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
30.11.2012 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
in days: 180 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders
Date: 3.12.2012 – 09:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

The NICE Scientific Advice Programme (SA) provides consultation about NICE’s evidence requirements during its appraisal processes. This is primarily aimed at developers of pharmaceutical products, but we do also provide advice on medical devices and diagnostics. Developers may use this advice to best structure their clinical trial programmes to ensure the necessary evidence is gathered. More information about NICE SA is available on www.nice.org.uk/scientificadvice.

During each project, NICE requires external experts to provide advice to our technical team. The types of experts we commonly work with are leading clinicians and health economists and sometimes we also seek advice from statisticians and other Health Technology Assessment (HTA) specialists. A supplier is needed to indentify, source and manage the requisite expertise based on the details provided in the company’s briefing book at the start of a project. NICE is therefore inviting expressions of interest from organisations wishing to undertake this work.
The role of the supplier is to source and manage the external expertise required by each advice project in NICE’s Scientific Advice programme.
The supplier is expected to have effective project management skills to plan and coordinate the delivery of each task to time and quality, ensuring that the agreed specification for each task is followed appropriately.
Experts will usually be expected to:
—review the written information (briefing book) supplied by the company about their product,
—participate in teleconferences with the NICE technical team to discuss the information.
Depending on the type of project, experts may also be expected to:
—attend a face-to-face meeting with NICE staff and client company representatives in London or Manchester,
—contribute to the discussion of key issues at the face-to-face meeting,
—review, comment on and contribute to the draft NICE advice report to the company,
—comply with NICE’s confidentiality and conflict of interest requirements.
On occasion NICE may also need to source experts to give a lecture as part of a training seminar organised by NICE. These would be held in either Manchester or London.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
Mid City Place 71 High Holborn
WC1V 6NA London
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: NICE will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenders. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract isentered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of thestandstill period. Such additional information should be requested from the contracting authority named insection l.1. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI2006 No5.) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at Riskof harm by breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any Such action must be brought promptly (generally within three months). Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may only award damages.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:5.10.2012

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