Food Research Tender

Food Research Tender

Food Standards Agency – FS102002 – An Investigation by Laser Ablation and Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry of the Gradation and Levels of Metal Contaminants in UK grown Fruits, Vegetables and Cereals – 2012/13.

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

2012/S 112-185954

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:

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

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

Section II: Object of the contract

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

Food Standards Agency – FS102002 – An Investigation by Laser Ablation and Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry of the Gradation and Levels of Metal Contaminants in UK grown Fruits, Vegetables and Cereals – 2012/13.
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)

As part of their tender, applicants should, provide a detailed sampling plan that provides full information on; the reasoning behind the selected geographical sampling areas, soil and produce sampling methodology and the number and types of produce to be sampled. Applicants may also wish to demonstrate that seasonality, climate and produce availability have also been considered as part of the sampling strategy. Only UK grown fruits, vegetables, and cereal crops that are representative of products marketed throughout the whole of the UK should be sampled. It is envisaged that in addition to obtaining representative samples of soil, a minimum of 300 samples of produce will be required. A laser ablation method e.g. LA-ICP MS should be used for the gradation of arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, chromium, nickel, copper, iron, aluminium, manganese and zinc, from the outer skin to the core of selected produce. For the quantitative analyses of these metals both in the sampled produce and soil, applicants should be able to demonstrate and provide the results of good proficiency testing to carry out the analyses e.g. evidence of satisfactory performance in FAPAS (Food Analysis Performance Assessment Scheme) or equivalent and be able to provide full details of the analyses of appropriate Certified Reference Materials (CRMs). Full details of the quantitative analytical methods to be used should also be included with any supporting information relating to its analytical performance (including duplicates), Limits of Detection (LOD) and validation. Samples should be retained by the contractor for a period of time (agreed with the Agency) in case further analyses are required. Applicants should also indicate their ability to undertake arsenic speciation analyses should this be required during the investigation. It is envisaged that the sampling and analyses for this project will commence Autumn 2012 and be completed during Autumn 2013.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000, 73110000, 73111000, 73200000, 73210000

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

26.7.2012 – 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: 27.7.2012

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
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:12.6.2012