DNA Parentage Testing Service – Department for Work and Pensions

DNA Parentage Testing Service – Department for Work and Pensions

A fundamental principle of the Child Maintenance Group is to provide services that support separated families by assisting with the payment of maintenance between parents for their children.

United Kingdom-Sheffield: Services provided by medical laboratories

2017/S 105-209934

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Work and Pensions
West Street
S1 4EP
United Kingdom
E-mail: bushra.hussain1@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
NUTS code: UK
I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

Social protection

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


DNA Parentage Testing Service.

Reference number: Project_19925

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

A fundamental principle of the Child Maintenance Group (CMG) is to provide services that support separated families by assisting with the payment of maintenance between parents for their children.

The Department uses DNA matching to confirm parentage where this has been questioned. During the life-cycle of the Child Maintenance application a Non Resident Parent/Paying Parent can dispute that they are the parent of a child named on an application and can chose to proceed with a DNA test through CMG’s accredited testing provider or to arrange their own private DNA test with a Ministry of Justice accredited testing provider.

Results from DNA testing enable CMG to confirm parentage and progress maintenance applications, securing payments for children from separated families.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 750 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

The Supplier will need to provide national coverage which includes Northern Ireland of the DNA Testing service.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The estimated volumes of referrals for DNA testing are approximately 205 per month (2 460 per year) however, these are not guaranteed.

It is expected that approximately 25 % of the cases referred will be cancelled after referral either before samples have been taken or after samples have been taken but before testing commences.

The contractor will need to carry out YSTR testing in relation to criminal investigations and report findings, along with providing statements regarding analysis to assist in the prosecution of criminal cases and for any and all witnesses to attend court as directed by the Courts, and Crown Prosecution Service.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 750 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 01/01/2018
End: 31/12/2022
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

Additional qualifying standards for this tender are:

To be accredited by the Ministry of Justice as a body that may carry out parentage tests directed by the civil courts in England and Wales under section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969.

To comply with the Human Tissue Act 2004, the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 and the Human Tissue Authority’s Code of Practice on Consent.

To comply with the Department of Health’s Good Practice Guide on Paternity Services.

To comply with the Data Protection Act.

To be a ‘Gatekeeper’ as defined by the National DNA Delivery Unit or Strategy Board — having the ability to submit profiles to be searched via the National DNA Database and receive the results of speculative searches from the NDNADB to compare against suspected fraudulent profiles.

If potential suppliers do not meet the above qualifying criteria at the time of their tender submission their bid will be rejected.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

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

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 30/06/2017
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 30/06/2017
Local time: 13:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

4 years.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Department for Work and Pensions
West Street
S1 4EP
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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