Microbiology Testing Managed Service for Welsh Blood Service
WBS requires a fully integrated microbiology testing system including all the mandatory and discretionary microbiology testing within a managed service. This includes the assays, instrumentation and data management software to deliver a final result to the WBS information management system(s), eProgesa.
UK-Bridgend: Diagnostic systems
Section I: Contracting authority
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership – Procurement Services
Velindre NHS Trust, Procurement Department, Unit 1, First Floor, Ffordd yr Hen Gae, Bocam Park, Pencoed, Nr Bridgend
For the attention of: Neil Gazzard
CF35 5LJ Bridgend
Telephone: +44 1443622350
Fax: +44 1443622114
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 25: Health and social services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Welsh Blood Service, Talbot Green, Nr Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taf.
NUTS code UKL15
WBS has ONE testing site, collecting approximately 100,000 blood donations each year and this is expected to rise to 130,000 by 2016.
The Automated Testing department performs a wide range of testing services; these include the large-scale serological screening of blood donations for microbiological markers such as HBsAg, anti-HCV, combined HIV antigen/antibody, syphilis antibody, anti-HTLV (currently done on all donations in pools of 24) and anti-CMV.
There is also a requirement for smaller scale screening: for malaria antibodies, antibodies to T. cruzi (Chagas disease), and anti-HBc on selected donations. The full list of markers including current numbers tested and the full list of requirements is contained within the tender documents. All assays/test system must be approved by the NHSBT Microbiology Kit Evaluation Group.
The contract will commence on 1.12.2013, and will be for a period of 7 years.
Compliance with current GMP regulatory requirements including the European In-Vitro Diagnostic Directive is essential. All assays will be assessed for operational suitability against a detailed specification that will include sensitivity, specificity and process control.
Community Benefits do not apply to this contract.
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Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order for compulsory winding-up or administration by the courts or for an arrangement with creditors or is the subject of any other similar proceeding under national laws or regulations;
c) has been convicted of an offence concerning his professional conduct by a judgement which has the force of res judicata;
d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authorities can justify;
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 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 those of the country of the contracting authority;
g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under the provisions of the Directive on the criteria for qualitative selection;
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As set out in the PQQ.
As set out in the PQQ.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As set out in the PQQ.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
All tender costs and liabilities incurred by bidders shall be the sole responsibility of the bidders.
The Contracting Authority reserves the right to award the contract in whole, in part or annul the tendering process and not award any contract.
This procurement exercise is being carried out via Bravo E-Tendering Portal and you are required to register your company”s details so that you will have visibility of all open access opportunities, including this particular contract.
The process of registering on the website is free and simple and is explained fully below:-
Pre Qualification Questionnaire for the Microbiology Testing Managed Service for Welsh Blood Service a Division of Velindre NHS Trust.
Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Contract.
1. Register your company on the xchangewales portal (this is only required once)
— Browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/nhs,
— Click the “Click here to register” link,
— Accept the terms and conditions and click “continue”,
— Enter your correct business and user details,
— Note the username you chose and click “Save” when complete,
— You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).
2. Express an Interest in the PQQ
— Login to the portal with the username/password,
— Click the “Open Access PQQs” link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires open to any registered supplier),
— Click on the relevant PQQ to access the content,
— Click the “Express Interest” button in the “Actions” box on the left-hand side of the page,
— This will move the PQQ into your “My PQQs” page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only),
— Click on the PQQ
and the 1 attachment by clicking the “Settings and Buyer Attachments” in the “Actions” box.
3. Responding to the PQQ
— You can now choose to “Reply” or “Reject” (please give a reason if rejecting),
— You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification,
— Note the deadline for completion, see below, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ,
— There may be a mixture of online & offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available). Please ensure you upload your completed PQQ Form.
If you require any further assistance use the online help, or the BravoSolution help desk is available Mon – Fri (8:00 – 18:00) on:
— eMail: email@example.com,
— Phone: 0800 011 2470 / Fax: 020 7080 0480.
Closing date and time for receipt of pre qualification questionnaires is noon monday 4.2.2013.
Buy4Wales Reference Number: 31080
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Authority will allow a minimum 10 day calendar day standstill period between notifying the award decision and awarding the contract. Unsuccessful bidders and applicants are entitled to receive reasons for the decision, including the characteristics and relative advantages of the winning bid and the reasons why the bidder/applicant was unsuccessful. Should additional information be required it should be requested of the addressee in section I.1. Aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the procurement rules, have the right to take action in the High Court (England and Wales). Any such action is subject to strict time limits and must be brought promptly. For more information on how to appeal, and the relevant time limits, please see the following statement on the Authority’s website: www.procurement.wales.nhs.uk/supply/terms
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:4.1.2013