Food Research Tender

Food Research Tender

Food Standards Agency – FS513010 – Carry out a mass balance for bromine compounds in food and feed samples, quantifying the levels of common BFRs and identifying the presence of any new BFRs.

UK-York: research and development services and related consultancy services

2012/S 227-373960

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Food Standards Agency
1-2 Peasholme Green
YO1 7PR York

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

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

Other: Food Standards Agency
I.3)Main activity

Other: Research and Development
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

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

Food Standards Agency – FS513010 – Carry out a mass balance for bromine compounds in food and feed samples, quantifying the levels of common BFRs and identifying the presence of any new BFRs.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 8: Research and development services
NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

This work will support our Strategic Outcome ‘Food produced or sold in the UK is safe to eat’ by increasing our knowledge of contaminants in UK food. It will also inform the UK position if additional regulation is proposed. The purpose of this project will be to examine the feasibility of assessing the overall BFR loading in foods by measuring levels of the known compounds and conducting a mass balance for bromine to estimate how much may be accounted for by these. Where there is a significant discrepancy, an attempt will be made to identify the other brominated compounds present. As no previous work has been carried out on animal feedingstuffs, feed samples will be included in the study. Proposals are invited to carry out a mass balance for bromine compounds in food and feed samples, quantifying the levels of common BFRs and identifying the presence of any new BFRs. The outcome will enable FSA to decide whether to continue to monitor PBDEs and HBCDDs in line with the EFSA recommendations for these groups or direct more resource towards investigating the occurrence of novel and emerging BFRs; in the former case, it will still provide a baseline against which to assess whether any future falls in levels of older BFRs are associated with a rise in others; and it will alert FSA to any new BFRs that may have been overlooked in the final EFSA opinion. This is a challenging project in terms of analytical complexity and it is not the intention to stipulate the methodology. However, in a typical approach, approximately 400 samples of randomly-selected food and feed samples, mainly products of animal origin and those with high fat content although compound feeds and processed foods of other types may be included, would be screened for overall bromine content. Of these, approximately 200 of the highest would then be analysed for PBDEs and HBCDDs. A comparison would be made between the bromine content accounted for by these compounds and the total bromine measured. A proportion of those showing the greatest discrepancy would be selected for further investigation including fractionation followed by isolation and identification of other brominated compounds. Other approaches to achieve the same objective will be fully considered and it is expected that there would be regular dialogue with the FSA Project Officer. Applicants will be expected to have sufficient knowledge of food composition to account for naturally-occurring brominated compounds and inorganic forms of bromine that may be present. Applicants will also need to demonstrate experience of analysing BFRs in food with a high level of precision. Finally, they will need to show that they have experience of identification of unknown compounds and access to the full range of methodology and instrumentation necessary. As well as dialogue with the FSA project officer, regular reports will be required to monitor the progress of the project and ensure that any difficulties are carefully documented. It is expected that the overall duration of the project will be approximately 18-24 months. The Agency is committed to openness and transparency. As well as the final project report being published on our open access repository Foodbase, we encourage contractors to publish their work in peer reviewed scientific publications wherever possible. Also, in line with the Government’s Transparency Agenda which aims to encourage more open access to data held by government, the Agency is developing a policy on the release of underpinning data from all of its science- and evidence-gathering research projects. Underpinning data should also be published in an open, accessible, and re-usable format, such that the data can be made available to future researchers and the maximum benefit is derived from it. The Agency has established the key principles for release of underpinning data that will be applied to all new science- and evidence-gathering projects which we would expect contractors to comply with. These can be found at:

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000, 73110000, 73300000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

This contract is divided into lots: no
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:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

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:

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

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

10.1.2013 – 17:00
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
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Date: 11.1.2013

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
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
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:23.11.2012