Supply of Proprietary Pharmaceuticals for London Pharmacy Purchasing Group

Supply of Proprietary Pharmaceuticals for London Pharmacy Purchasing Group

NHS Framework Agreement for the London Pharmacy Purchasing Group for the supply of Proprietary Pharmaceuticals – Tranche B.

United Kingdom-Runcorn: Pharmaceutical products

2015/S 042-071646

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The Secretary of State for Health acting as part of the Crown through the Commercial Medicines Unit (part of the Department of Health)
2nd Floor, Rutland House
For the attention of: Michelle Clarke
WA7 2ES Runcorn

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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity

Other: Public Procurement

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Please see invitation to offer documents for details

Section II: Object of the contract


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

NHS Framework Agreement for the London Pharmacy Purchasing Group for the supply of Proprietary Pharmaceuticals – Tranche B.

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

Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: The framework agreement is intended for use by the Department of Health and the NHS in England. The framework may also be used by the private sector contractors and agents working on behalf of the above. Please refer to Document 10a in the ITO documents for the list of Purchasing Authorities.
NUTS code

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 24

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000 000 and 500 000 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

NHS Framework Agreement for the London Pharmacy Purchasing Group for the supply of Proprietary Pharmaceuticals — Tranche B.
Period of framework agreement: 1.9.2015 – 31.8.2017 with an option to extend for up to 24 months.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


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

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


This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000 000 and 500 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Information about lots

1)Short description

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Parent company or other guarantees may be required in certain circumstances.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Refer to the Price and Payment clauses contained within the Invitation to Offer, Document No. 3 Conditions of Contract.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No special legal form is required but, if a contract is awarded to a consortium of economic operators, the members of that consortium may be required to form a legal entity before entering into a Framework Agreement and may be required to provide parent company or directors’ guarantees or, if not required to form a legal entity, members of a consortium may be required to accept joint and several liability both to the Contracting Authority under the Framework Agreement and to other contracting authorities awarding contracts under the Framework Agreement.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Refer to the Invitation to Offer, Document No. 3, Conditions of Contract.
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

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

17.4.2015 – 13:00
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

in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of 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

Any supplier may be disqualified who does not respond to the following in the requisite manner:
1) Submission of expression of interest and procurement specific information.

This procurement exercise will be conducted on the eTendering portal at Candidates wishing to be considered for this procurement exercise must register, and provide additional procurement specific information (if requested), through the eTendering portal as follows:

1.1) If not already registered, Candidates should register on the eTendering portal at and click the link to register:

— 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).
1.2) Once registered, candidates must express interest as follows:
a. login to the eTendering portal;
b. select ‘Response to ITT’;
c. select ‘ITTs Open To All Suppliers’;
d. access listing related to this procurement Project_18201 NHS London Branded Medicines — Tranche B and view details;
e. click on “Express interest” button at the top of the page;
f. Once you have expressed interest, the ITT will move to ‘My ITTs’, where you can download additional documentation (if required), and construct your reply as instructed. You must then publish your reply using the ‘Publish’ button.

1.3) For any support in registering on the portal or submitting your expression of interest please contact the eTendering Help-desk at +44 800 368 4850 or

2) General supplier information.
To manage and assess supplier information the Contracting Authority requests candidates provide their company profile in the Governments supplier information database, sid4gov, as follows:

2.1) If not already registered, Candidates must go to the following web page and select ‘Register for sid4gov’ at the bottom of the page. Key in details as requested to search for your company. If you do not have a D-U-N-S® Number, click on the link at the right of the page to obtain a number from D&B. Candidates must obtain a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) D-U-N-S® Number to enable registration on sid4gov.

2.2) Once registration is complete you are able to create and update your sid4gov company profile. Candidates should ensure all the mandatory fields of their sid4gov profile are completed and up to date for each procurement exercise. D&B data will be supplied automatically by D&B.

2.3) For further help or information concerning sid4gov, please contact the sid4gov Help-desk at: or telephone +44 (0) 845 299 2994.

The framework agreement is for the benefit of other participating NHS bodies (whether acting individually, or on behalf of, or together as members of any consortia) along with any other non-NHS bodies which the participants deem necessary for the delivery of services or goods to NHS bodies, local authorities, other government departments or non-departmental public bodies charged with the delivery of healthcare or health related services.
Contracts awarded under a framework agreement may be awarded either:
a) by application of the terms laid down in the framework agreement without reopening competition, or;
b) where not all the required terms of the proposed contracts are laid down in the framework agreement, by reopening competition between the economic operators which are parties to this framework agreement and which are capable of performing the proposed contract. Reopening of competition will be done in accordance with the procedure set out in Directive 2004/18/EC, Article 32.

Potential suppliers should note that, in accordance with the Government’s policies on transparency, the Contracting Authority intends to publish the OJEU, ITO and the text of final framework agreements, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the CMU (part of the Department of Health). Further information on transparency can be found at:

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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