Environmental Risk Assessment and Management Services for Chemicals

Environmental Risk Assessment and Management Services for Chemicals

Environment Agency Framework Agreement for Environmental Risk Assessment and Management Services for Chemicals.

United Kingdom-London: Environmental management

2020/S 213-523093

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Defra Network eTendering Portal
Postal address: 17 Nobel House
Town: London
NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM
Postal code: SW1P 3JR
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: rachel.wickerson@environment-agency.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 2072385921
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency

I.3)Communication

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

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office

I.5)Main activity

Environment

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

29581 — Environmental Risk Assessment and Management Services for Chemicals (ERAS2)

 

II.1.2)Main CPV code

90710000 Environmental management

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Environment Agency seeks to identify high quality suppliers to participate in a tendering exercise for the provision of a new framework agreement for environmental risk assessment and management services for Chemicals. The framework (ERAS2) will support the Environment Agency to gain access to expert support, enabling them to achieve organisational objectives.

 

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 600 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Chemical Risk Assessments

 

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

90700000 Environmental services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

 

Risk Assessments

(a) to provide specialist advice on chemical fate, behaviour and (eco)toxicity for evaluations of environmental hazard. This will include the critical analysis and summary of scientific data included in test reports or retrieved from academic literature searches for specific substances; advice on test strategies to investigate a concern for specific chemicals or properties; and/or the critical review of comments received as a part of a consultation on a regulatory dossier. Chemicals of interest include both organic and inorganic substances (including polymers and nanomaterials), with a particular focus on persistent, bioaccumulative/mobile and toxic (PB/MT) substances and endocrine disruption. Under some circumstances, advice on mammalian toxicology may be needed to support the development of environmental quality standards, the identification of substances of very high concern (e.g. as part of a PBT or POPs assessment) or a secondary poisoning assessment).

(b) to provide specialist advice on chemical emissions and environmental exposure and, risk. This will include the critical analysis and summary of scientific data retrieved from academic literature searches for specific substances or included in REACH Chemical Safety Assessments; advice on the refinement of exposure assessments; and/or the critical review of comments received as a part of a consultation on a regulatory dossier. This could involve modelling (including human exposure via the environment), analysis of monitoring data and mapping, as well as an expert understanding of usage patterns.

(c) to review assessments undertaken by third parties, including where necessary identification of issues of particular interest to the UK. The main focus will be on industry assessments carried out under the REACH Regulation. However, documents produced under other legislation (e.g. the Stockholm Convention) or by other national or international regulatory bodies may also be relevant. The work is expected to involve:

(i) checking — data (e.g. in terms of adequacy)

— hazard and risk assessment approaches (including assumptions),

— testing proposals or derogations, and/or

— hazard classification proposals.

(ii) where necessary, the provision of UK data regarding use patterns, supply volumes, releases, monitoring data (including, but not exclusive to, surface water, groundwater, apex predators), etc.; this may require consultation with industry.

For a review of a formal EU Substance Evaluation, for example, a check should be made for technical errors or omissions and consistency, with reference to the available REACH Technical Guidance and OECD Test Guideline documents. Key studies on which the assessment is based should be identified and checked for reliability and relevance, together with all assumptions, justifications and discussions, especially if a different approach to that in the Technical Guidance has been used.

The need for this type of work (c) is likely to be infrequent.

(d) to develop and improve existing hazard/risk assessment methods. This includes evaluating and providing advice on chemical test methods and models (e.g. data estimation methods such as quantitative structure activity relationships (QSAR), in vitro screening assays, Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs), international test guidelines, probabilistic risk assessment, etc.), as required. The contractor may be required to review reports in this area, consider the suitability of a proposed method to investigate a concern or provide comments on draft proposals for a particular method.

(e) other technical advice as necessary, for example on particular concerns for biologically active molecules (such as pesticides), methods of chemical analysis, ecological impacts, etc.

 

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

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

Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

2 x 12 months extensions.

 

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Chemical Risk Management

 

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

90700000 Environmental services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

 

Risk management

(a) to provide specialist advice on chemical emissions and environmental exposure, risk and risk management options. This will include the critical analysis and summary of scientific data retrieved from academic literature searches for specific substances or included in Applications for Authorisation (AfA); advice on the refinement of exposure assessments; and/or the critical review of comments received as a part of a consultation on a regulatory dossier. This could involve modelling (including human exposure via the environment), analysis of monitoring data and mapping, as well as an expert understanding of usage patterns, socio-economic factors and emission control techniques.

(b) to develop and improve existing risk management methods. This includes evaluating and providing advice on measuring the effectiveness of regulatory intervention and models (e.g. probabilistic risk assessment, etc.), as required. The contractor may be required to review reports in this area, consider the suitability of a proposed method to investigate a concern or provide comments on draft proposals for a particular method.

(c) to review assessments undertaken by third parties, including where necessary identification of issues of particular interest to the UK. The main focus will be on industry assessments and submissions made under the UK REACH Regulation. However, documents produced under other legislation (e.g. the Stockholm Convention) or by other national or international regulatory bodies may also be relevant. The work is expected to involve:

(i) checking — data (e.g. in terms of adequacy)

— risk assessment approaches (including assumptions), and

— risk management proposals.

(ii) where necessary, the provision of UK data regarding use patterns, supply volumes, releases, etc.; this may require consultation with industry.

 

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

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

Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

2 x 12 month extensions.

 

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no

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 IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 11

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

Date: 27/11/2020
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:

English

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 27/11/2020
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: The Court of England and Wales
Town: Various
Country: United Kingdom

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

28/10/2020