Blood analysis services Health Protection Agency

Blood analysis services Health Protection Agency

Provision of malaria reference and parasitology sample testing services.

UK-London: blood analysis services

2012/S 35-056618

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Health Protection Agency
61 Colindale Avenue
For the attention of: Mark Polglase
NW9 5EQ London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2083276676
E-mail: mark.polglase@hpa.org.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.hpa.org.uk

Address of the buyer profile: www.hpa.bravosolution.co.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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

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

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

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Provision of malaria reference and parasitology sample testing services.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 25: Health and social services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: England and Wales (possibly other parts of the UK).
NUTS code UK

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

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 2

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

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is tendering for the provision of malaria and parasitology sample testing services in England (and possibly other parts of the UK).
The requirements is split into two Lots (see below for further details).
The intention will be to award either:
— one framework to one supplier for both Lots, or
— one framework for each Lot to one supplier.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85111810, 85111820, 85111800

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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
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:

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is tendering for the provision of malaria and parasitology sample testing services in England (and possibly other parts of the UK). The requirement is split into two lots as detailed below and the HPA may award both lots to one supplier or lots separately to individual suppliers, but no more than one supplier will be appointed for each lot. The lots are:
(1) Malaria. In the past year the HPA required approximately 6 000 malaria referrals across three tests.
(2) Parasitology. In the past year the HPA required approximately 1 000 parasitology referrals across 31 tests.
The supplier must use laboratories and assays that meet a recognised quality standard e.g. CPA accreditation.
Suppliers will also be required to deliver any other requiremenst as detailed in the tender documentation.
The contract will be for an initial period of 2 years with an option to extend for a period of up to a further 12 months.
This tender is being publicised to meet the HPA’s requirements but the contract will be open for use by other government agencies.
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: There will be an option, exercisable at the Authority’s option only, to extend the contract for a period of up to 12 months from the expiry of the initial 2 year term of the contract.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Provision of malaria reference laboratory services

1)Short description

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is tendering for the provision of malaria reference laboratory services in England (and possibly other parts of the UK). The requirement is split into two lots and the HPA may award both lots to one supplier or lots separately.
In the past year the HPA required approximately 6 000 referrals across three tests.
The supplier must use laboratories and assays that meet a recognised quality standard e.g. CPA accreditation.
The contract will be for an initial period of 2 years with an option to extend for a period of up to a further 12 months.
This tender is being publicised to meet the HPA’s requirements but the contract will be open for use by other government agencies.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85111810, 85111820, 85111800

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

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Provision of parasitology sample testing services

1)Short description

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is tendering for the provision of parasitology reference laboratory services in England (and possibly other parts of the UK). The requirement is split into two lots and the HPA may award both lots to one supplier or lots separately to individual suppliers, although no more than one supplier will be appointed to each lot.
In the past year the HPA required approximately 1 000 parasitology referrals across 31 tests.
The supplier must use laboratories and assays that meet a recognised quality standard e.g. CPA accreditation.
The contract will be for an initial period of 2 years with an option to extend for a period of up to a further 12 months.
This tender is being publicised to meet the HPA’s requirements but the contract will be open for use by other government agencies.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85111810, 85111820, 85111800

3)Quantity or scope

Detailed in Short Description above.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

To be described in ITT documentation if required.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

To be described in ITT documentation if required.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

To be described in ITT documentation if required.
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: Potential Providers will be assessed in accordance with Parts 4 and 5 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended(implementing Title II, Chapter VII, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information received in response to an invitation to tender.
Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): https://hpa.bravosolution.co.uk 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) 2. Express an Interest in the tender – Login to the portal with the username/password – Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) – Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. – Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. – This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) -You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box 3. Responding to the tender – Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining) – You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification – Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT – There may be a mixture of online & offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

When requesting access to the online questionnaires, please notify the team if you have any accessibility issues (disabilities) which may prevent you from providing a high quality response using the e-Sourcing portal. This will then allow the Contracting Authority to agree with you an appropriate format for you to view and respond to the requirements. All communications shall be in English. Tenders and all supporting documentation must be priced in Sterling and all payments under the contract will be in Sterling. Any contract or agreement resulting from the acceptance of a tender will be considered as a contract made in England according to English Law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. The Contracting Authority does not bind itself to accept any tender and reserves the right to accept any part of the tender unless the potential provider expressly stipulates to the contrary. Any Potential provider may be disqualified who meets any of the criteria outlined in 23 (4) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter vii, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC).

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Potential providers will be assessed in accordance with Parts 4 and 5 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter vii, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information received in response to an invitation to tender. The Contracting Authority may take into account any of the following information:
(a) appropriate statements from banks or, where appropriate, evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance; (b) the presentation of balance-sheets or extracts from the balance-sheets, where publication of the balance-sheet is required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established;
(c) a statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate, of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last 2 financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information on these turnovers is available.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Potential Providers will be assessed in accordance with Parts 4 and 5 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006,as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter vii, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information received in response to an Invitation to Tender. The Contracting Authority may have regard to any of the following means in its assessment:
(a) a list of the principal deliveries effected or the main services provided in the past 3 years, with the sums, dates and recipients, whether public or private;
(b) an indication of the environmental management measures that the economic operator will be able to apply when performing the contract;
(c) a statement of the average annual manpower of the service provider or contractor;
(d) an indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract.
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:

BSP 386
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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

28.3.2012 – 10:00
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

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
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

Potential providers should note that, in accordance with the UK Government’s policies on transparency, the Contracting Authority intends to publish the invitation to tender and the text of the contract awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the Contracting Authority. Further information on transparency can be found at: http://www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk/aboutus/transparency/.

The Contracting Authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the potential providers. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of potential providers.
The Contracting Authority wishes to establish this contract for the provision of malaria and parasitology sample testing services for use use by the following UK public sector bodies (and any future successors to these organisations):
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions, specifically referring to:
Department of Health.
Health Protection Agency.
NHS Blood and Transplant.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and other Department of Health Arms Length Bodies (ALBs) and any other bodies pursuant to the Health and Social Care Bill (in its form which receives Royal Assent), including, but not limited to:
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.
Care Quality Commission.
General Social Care Council.
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
Human Tissue Authority.
Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.
NHS Business Services Authority.
National Patient Safety Agency.
NHS institute for Innovation and Improvement.
NHS Litigation Authority.
Health and Social Care Information Centre.
NHS Appointments Commission.
Monitor.
Alcohol Education and Research Council.
Please be advised that the invitation to tender will be made available to potential providers on the e-Sourcing portal at (insert time) on (insert day and date). Potential providers will be able to register on the e-Sourcing portal before this date, however they will not be able to see details of the event on the e-Sourcing portal until after this time.

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:

16.2.2012