Agricultural Analysis Services – Request for Information

Agricultural Analysis Services – Request for Information

This contract is intended to cover all agricultural analyst services required by FSS within Scotland.

United Kingdom-Aberdeen: Analysis services

2020/S 114-277973

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Food Standards Scotland (FSS)
Postal address: 4th Floor, Pilgrim House, Old Ford Road
Town: Aberdeen
Postal code: AB11 5RL
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Caroline Little
Telephone: +44 3002446824
I.2)Information about joint procurement


Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Provision of Agricultural Analysis Services

Reference number: FSS/2020/033

II.1.2)Main CPV code

71620000 Analysis services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

This Prior Information Notice (PIN) with Request For Information (RFI) relates to FSS’ requirement to place a contract with an external service provider for the provision of agricultural analysis services. This contract is intended to cover all agricultural analyst services required by FSS within Scotland. The RFI document can be found within the additional documents section of this PIN.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 875 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

77000000 Agricultural, forestry, horticultural, aquacultural and apicultural services
77100000 Agricultural services
77110000 Services incidental to agricultural production

II.2.3)Place of performance


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Food Standards Scotland intend to award a contract for the provision of agricultural analysis services.

The Agriculture Act 1970 requires Food Standards Scotland to appoint an agricultural analyst and one or more deputy analysts, if required. Chapter IV of Regulation (EU) No 2017/625 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products requires competent authorities to designate official laboratories to carry out the laboratory analyses, tests and diagnoses on samples taken during official controls and other official activities.

The contract will be for a period of 36 months with the option to extend for an additional 24 months.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is in the process of developing a model of official control delivery for animal feed (implementation planned for 1 April 2021). The proposal to develop legislation to transfer the competence for feed is currently out for consultation.

The model will see competence for feed law functions, including official control delivery and enforcement, transferring to FSS with FSS having the power to delegate delivery to third parties. FSS will be legally responsible throughout. The analysis function requirements are laid out in law in that the competent authority (FSS from April 2021) is required to appoint an agricultural analyst.

There are currently 4 agricultural analysts across Scotland, employed by Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils. They currently act as the agricultural analysts for the 31 local authority Trading standards (feed) services across Scotland.

II.2.14)Additional information

This Prior Information Notice (PIN) and Request For Information (RFI) is intended to help inform the procurement strategy and route to market. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic it is also intended to establish the available capacity in the market to tender at this point in time.

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:


Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

This is a request for information only to assist FSS in its strategy for market engagement and proposed tender documentation. No information provided in response to this Request for Information (RFI) will be used to form judgements regarding supplier performance, capacity or capability under any current or future procurement process.

No organisation will be disadvantaged by not submitting a response to this RFI, and no advantage will be conferred by returning a RFI.

All Information will be treated as sensitive and confidential.

By issuing this RFI, FSS does not make any commitment to procure any of the stated services. Furthermore, receipt of this RFI should not be construed as authorisation to incur any costs for which reimbursement would be sought.

Nothing in this document shall be taken as constituting or indicating a contract or representation with or by FSS.

All information submitted in response to this RFI may need to be disclosed and/or published by FSS. FSS may disclose information in compliance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act).

Accordingly, if you consider that any of the information provided in your response is commercially sensitive please identify it and explain what harm might result from disclosure and/or publication. It should be noted that, even where you have indicated that information is commercially sensitive, FSS may disclose this information in accordance with the provision of the Act or any other legal duty.

If you require further information, please submit your question via the PCS Q&A facility by noon on Friday the 19th June 2020

Please register your interest in this notice to obtain access to the RFI document and return your completed RFI to Caroline Little at by noon on 26 June 2020.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at

(SC Ref:623246)

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: