Food Standards Agency Research

Food Standards Agency Research

Food Standards Agency – FS616021 – An In-Depth Exploration of Delivery of Official Controls for Food and Feed Safety and Standards by Local Authorities and Port Health Authorities.

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

2012/S 78-128740

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
Contact point(s): Sally Frear
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

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 – FS616021 – An In-Depth Exploration of Delivery of Official Controls for Food and Feed Safety and Standards by Local Authorities and Port Health Authorities.
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)

Please note that we have a meeting for potential Contractors tabled for 9th May. All outputs from that meeting will be recorded and uploaded onto ePPS. Please express your interest in attending this meeting by using the clarification button in ePPS – and put in the subject header ‘request to attend meeting’. The overall aim of this research is enhance knowledge and understanding of delivery of food and feed safety and standards official controls by providing a range of case studies setting out the detail of operating models for delivery of official controls that are currently in place within Local Authorities (LAs) and Port Health Authorities (PHAs) and providing data on the resources and costs of activities within these systems. This (along with other sources of evidence) will be used by the FSA team conducting a review of the delivery of official controls by LAs and PHAs to inform assessing the current system; identifying the implications of change, developing alternative models and undertaking an option appraisal (including cost benefit/effectiveness analysis) of potential changes. It is expected that this research will involve identifying and selecting a subset of LAs and PHAs to capture the organisational diversity across the sector and then collating and documenting detailed information, in the form of case studies, to develop a range of illustrative examples of how official controls are delivered in practice. Consideration must be given to the organisation of official control delivery teams, the supporting structure and governance arrangements and should aim to quantify the volumes, timings and costs associated with these. In addition, we wish to capture information on the full range of any other activities undertaken by key personnel who also deliver or support delivery of the official controls, as this will help to understand any unintended consequences and potential impacts of any suggested changes to delivery system. We envisage the work drawing on a range of disciplines and areas of expertise as well as experience or knowledge of LA prioritisation, budget and resource allocation, processes and procedures. The emphasis of the research should be on a quantitative analysis, although the proposal should also draw on qualitative approaches to provide additional insight and understanding (e.g. to understand resource decisions and prioritisations). Within this, we welcome the tenderer’s views on the most appropriate methodology for answering the research objectives as set out above.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000, 73110000, 73200000, 73210000

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

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

7.6.2012 – 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: 8.6.2012

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:19.4.2012