Registration Assessment Services for General Pharmaceutical Council

Registration Assessment Services for General Pharmaceutical Council

The GPhC is seeking a supplier to deliver a revised, clinically focused national assessment which forms a core part of the initial education and training requirements for pharmacists.

United Kingdom-London: Technical and vocational secondary education services

2015/S 078-138446

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

General Pharmaceutical Council
25 Canada Square
For the attention of: Procurement Manager
E14 5LQ London
Telephone: +44 2037138000

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

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

Other: Healthcare Regulator

I.3)Main activity

Other: Pharmacy Regulation

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.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Registration Assessment Services.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: England, Scotland and Wales.

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 General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain. In order to practise in Great Britain, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must be registered with us. Currently there are approximately 48 000 registered pharmacists, 21 000 pharmacy technicians and 14 000 pharmacy premises.
The GPhC is seeking a supplier to deliver a revised, clinically focused national assessment which forms a core part of the initial education and training requirements for pharmacists.
The Registration Assessment (RA) must be passed to register as a pharmacist. It has a very high profile in the profession, among candidates and in the pharmaceutical press, and must be delivered to the highest standard in all respects.
The GPhC is looking to secure services from a contractor with significant experience of running national assessments to a very high standard. The initial contract will be for a four year period.
The services will include:
1.printing question and answer papers;
2.collecting payment for sittings (and returning a proportion of fees to the GPhC);
3.operating a helpline for candidates;
4.running venues on the day of an assessment;
5.storing question and answer papers and supplying them on request when necessary;
6.providing the GPhC with initial examination results and analytical reports;
7.attending specified meetings of the Board of Assessors and providing advice to the Board on candidate and question performance;
8.providing the GPhC with definitive examination results.

To express an interest in this requirement please send an email to You will also need to complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and submit it to us by 17:00, 15.5.2015.

The submitted PQQs will be evaluated and shortlisted bidders notified on 22.5.2015. At this point you will be required to complete the Invitation to Tender documents.

In line with the Public Procurement Regulations 2015 and to enable you to have a full understanding of our requirement all documents relating to this procurement exercise are available at:

Note: This requirement is considered as a Social and Other Specific Service and as such this is a voluntary OJEU notice.

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the myTenders Web Site at

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80210000, 80000000, 80300000, 80320000, 80400000, 80211000, 80340000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)


This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:


II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: After the initial 4 year contract there will be an option to extend the contract for further periods of up to 24 months.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

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:

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
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
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Accelerated restricted
Justification for the choice of accelerated procedure: This requirement is considered as a Social and Other Specific Service and as such this is a voluntary OJEU notice and not subject to the timescales specified for a Restricted Procedure.

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 10
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

15.5.2015 – 17:00

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

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

(MT Ref:152400).
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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