Review of published scientific literature on infant feeding and the development of atopic and autoimmune disease

Review of published scientific literature on infant feeding and the development of atopic and autoimmune disease

In line with its Strategic Plan, the FSA aims to procure the necessary scientific and other evidence to underpin the development of sound, evidence-based policies and advice on food allergy and food intolerance, as well as to help inform policy development more widely on related atopic and auto-immune diseases where food and diet may be a risk factor.

UK-York: research and experimental development services

2012/S 156-261077

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Food Standards Agency
1-2 Peasholme Green
Contact point(s): FSA Procurement Team
YO1 7PR York
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: fsa.procurement@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.food.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://fsa-esourcing.eurodyn.com

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

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
FS305005 – Review of published scientific literature on infant feeding and the development of atopic and autoimmune disease.
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
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)
In line with its Strategic Plan, the FSA aims to procure the necessary scientific and other evidence to underpin the development of sound, evidence-based policies and advice on food allergy and food intolerance, as well as to help inform policy development more widely on related atopic and auto-immune diseases where food and diet may be a risk factor. The FSA’s Science and Evidence Strategy 2010-2015 sets out a specific objective to improve our understanding of the nature, patterns, trends and importance for health of risks from chemical and biological hazards and from allergens in food and feed. Within this objective, a priority ‘evidence need’ has been identified to gather evidence to understand how food allergic reactions develop in order to underpin effective, targeted controls and advice. Research to address the above mentioned areas is commissioned under The Food Allergy and Intolerance Research Programme. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) are currently undertaking a major review of current UK Government recommendations on complementary and young child feeding. As part of this review, SACN have asked the Committee on Toxicity (COT) for advice on risks of chemical toxicity and the development of allergic and autoimmune disease, in relation to infant feeding. A comprehensive review of the published scientific literature is required to identify and appraise the published scientific evidence concerning the effects of diet in early childhood on the risks of developing atopic and autoimmune disease. That literature review is the subject of the present evidence requirement. The outputs of the COT’s risk assessment and the wider SACN review will be used to inform UK policy on complementary and young child feeding and will help the Agency and Department of Health to decide whether there is a need to update and/or amend existing advice to consumers.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73100000, 73200000, 73300000, 73000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.8)Lots
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
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

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
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: no

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:
FS305005
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
4.10.2012 – 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
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders
Date: 5.10.2012
Place:

Online.

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
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
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:13.8.2012

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