Analytical testing and scientific services tender

Analytical testing and scientific services tender

Devon County Council.
2011.42F Analytical Services
Cornwall Council and Devon County Council have a continuing requirement to access analytical testing and scientific services through the Councils’ public analyst and agricultural analyst in order to fulfil their statutory duties as prescribed in the Food Safety Act 1990 and Agriculture Act 1970 respectively. This includes the associated EU based legislation relating to food and animal feed and hygiene and genetically modified products as detailed in paragraph 1.9 of the Cornwall Council and Devon County Council service level agreement (SLA) document.
 
The appointed supplier will be required to provide analytical testing and scientific services for Cornwall Council and Devon County Council or their successors in title. Cornwall Council and Devon County Council are collaborating in the procurement of these services for the next 3 year term, to share the procurement project workload and benefit from improved contract test rates through combining the volumes of testing requirements.
The services will principally be for Cornwall Council and Devon County Council but potentially for other local government bodies across the geographical area covered by the South West Improvement & Efficiency Partnership (including the Isles of Scilly). A list of these bodies can be found at (http://www.swcouncils.gov.uk/media/documents/Local_Authorities_in_the_S outh_West_2010_list.pdf). Other public sector organisations and bodies that may participate include Police, NHS and primary care trusts and a condition of their participation would be adoption of the terms and conditions of this framework arrangement.
The anticipated total value of the framework agreement over a 3 year term is 211 350 GBP. This relates to Cornwall Council’s and Devon County Council’s combined requirements estimated to be 130 350 GBP and81 000 GBP respectively. Subject to the success of annual bids made to the Food Standards Agency and availability of funding, the above estimates would be expected to increase to an approximate maximum of 540000 GBP. Tenderers should note that the above spend data is for information purposes only and that future levels of spend cannot be guaranteed.
As the ultimate contract will also be accessible to other public sector bodies/authorities, tenderers should be aware that subject to capacity, the turnover would increase further as a result of such participation; however no clear indication of the corresponding likely increase in value is available at present.
The intention is to let a framework arrangement with a single supplier for 3 years with an option to extend for a further 1 year up to a maximum term of 4 years.
 

Contact:
Miss Sarah Carden
Email Address:
sarah.carden@devon.gov.uk
Telephone:
01392 384731
Fax:
01392 384636
Address:
County Hall Room 220
Topsham Road
Exeter
Devon
EX2 4QU
United Kingdom
Key Dates
01/04/2012
31/03/2015
09/01/2012 16:00
24/02/2012 12:00
Other Information
36 (months)
12 (months)
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