Supply Digital Slide Scanner for the Natural History Museum London

Supply Digital Slide Scanner for the Natural History Museum London

Proposal for the purchase of an automated microscope slide scanning system.

United Kingdom-London: Scanners

2014/S 130-232232

Contract notice

Supplies

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
For the attention of: Mr J. Baker Procurement manager
SW7 5BD London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2079425416
E-mail: j.baker@nhm.ac.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.nhm.ac.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

Other: National Museum

I.3)Main activity

Recreation, culture and religion
Education

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:

Digital Slide Scanner for the Natural History Museum.

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

Supplies
Purchase

NUTS code UKI1

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)

Scanners. The Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London, is not only a leading visitor attraction but is one of the world’s leading authorities and research institutes in natural history. The Museum’s Imaging and Analysis Centre provides analytical and imaging facilities to the Earth and Life Science departments. The fundamental aim of the Imaging and Analysis Centre (IAC) is to meet, to a standard of international excellence, the research and curatorial requirements in advanced microscopy and chemical analysis for the scientific staff in both the Earth and Life science departments. The facilities operate as an interdepartmental resource for both Museum scientists and visiting researchers from around the world, and additionally contribute to income generation from many of the Museum’s Consultancy Sectors.
Proposal for the purchase of an automated microscope slide scanning system
Range of applications: The system is intended primarily as a tool to meet the NHM’s intended aim to digitize and make its collections publically accessible and also as a tool to rapidly assemble data from serial sections for use in 3D reconstruction projects (similar to that currently achieved with micro-CT datasets).
Introduction: Project aims
The Natural History Museum has extensive slide collections encompassing all aspects of its research activities across all of its historical science departmental divisions and covering a wide range of different sample types. The Museum has a stated ambition to digitize 20 000 000 specimens over the next five years. Digitisation of the slide collections is intended to contribute to this project.
The current proposal aims to restrict the instrument, which is the subject of this tender, to be a system designed to scan those slides which make up parts of the Life Sciences collections. This is a pragmatic decision based upon the need to restrict the initial scanning effort to those samples which are presented on a standardized histological slide.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

38520000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

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
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The Authority will apply all the offences listed in Article 45(1) of Directive 2004/18/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2006 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the PCR 2006) to the decision of whether a Candidate is eligible to be invited to tender.

A full list of the Regulation 23(1) and 23(2) criteria are at http://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#pcr

Candidates will be required to answer these questions as part of the qualification process. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the Authority.

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

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:

NHM IAC DSS 2014

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 13.8.2014 – 10:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

13.8.2014 – 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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

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 contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender. Suppliers must read through this set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this opportunity. The information and/or documents for this opportunity are available on https://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta. You must register on this site to respond, if you are already registered you will not need to register again, simply use your existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminder link on the homepage. Suppliers must log in, go to your Response Manager and add the following Access Code: WU7568875D. The tender documents are available for download, including Instructions to bidders, terms and conditions, specification, bidder declarations and a draft pricing schedule. Potential suppliers are required to respond to the tender by uploading their bids by the closing date of 13.8.2014 at 12 noon.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:

https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-London:-Scanners./WU7568875D

To respond to this opportunity, please click here:

https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/WU7568875D

GO Reference: GO-201474-PRO-5790733

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2079425416

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2079425416

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:

4.7.2014

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