Government Procurement Service Recruitment Framework for Healthcare Professionals

Government Procurement Service Recruitment Framework for Healthcare Professionals

Government Procurement Service as the Contracting Authority is putting in place a national Framework Agreement for the supply of Allied Health Professionals and Health Science Services staff including some Emergency Services job profiles for use by UK public sector bodies.

UK-Liverpool: Recruitment services

2013/S 119-203496

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The Minister for the Cabinet Office as represented by Government Procurement Service/GPS (formerly Buying Solutions)
9th Floor, The Capital Building Old Hall Street
Contact point(s): RM959 Allied Health Professionals/HP/Health Science Service Staff
L3 9PP Liverpool
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3450103503
E-mail: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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

Health
Other: Public Procurement
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Allied health professionals and health science services.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 22: Personnel placement and supply services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Primarily in the UK with some limited requirements overseas.
NUTS code UK

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

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 45
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000 000 and 600 000 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Government Procurement Service as the Contracting Authority is putting in place a national Framework Agreement for the supply of Allied Health Professionals and Health Science Services staff including some Emergency Services job profiles for use by UK public sector bodies identified at VI.3 (and any future successors to these organisations), which include NHS bodies and Local Authorities.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79600000, 79600000, 85100000, 85140000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
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:

This Framework Agreement will provide the Contracting Bodies identified at V1.3 (any future successors to these organisations) and associated bodies with a comprehensive range of Allied Health Professional (AHP) and Health Science (HSS) staff and Emergency Services workers. Details of the range of staff required have been specified in the short descriptions against each lot. Potential providers must be able to provide a comprehensive service specific to each of the lot(s) for which they apply. The value of the participation by Contracting Bodies cannot be calculated accurately or guaranteed, but nevertheless a range has been incorporated
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000 000 and 600 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: This national Framework Agreement will be awarded for an initial term of 2 years with an option to extend for 1 or more periods, of up to 12 months at a time, subject to a maximum of 2 years in total. This will be exercised at the discretion of the Contracting Authority.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Neutral vendor

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79600000

3)Quantity or scope

The Service required is for the management of supply from high quality Employment Businesses and Employment Agencies of fully vetted Allied Health Professionals, Health Science Services Staff and certain Emergency Services staff for either temporary hire or direct employment or engagement by Contracting Bodies.
The awarded supplier will be responsible for the compliance of the Employment Businesses and Employment Agencies used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Framework Agreement and in accordance with all legislative and regulatory requirements.
Potential Providers shall note: Awarded suppliers will not be eligible to supply Allied Health Professionals, Health Science Services Staff or Emergency Services staff registered with themselves (the Supplier), either as an Employment Business or as an Employment Agency. This arrangement is usually known in the industry as a “neutral vendor” managed service provision. The Contracting Body shall contract only with the awarded supplier and not with the Employment Businesses or Employment Agencies directly.
The contract documentation will require the appointed suppliers to pass framework performance obligations on to their supply chain.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Bidders may apply for all or any combination of Lots. However, the nature of Lot 1 requires a supplier to be neutral in the provision of the Services, therefore, if a Bidder is successfully awarded a framework under Lot 1 they will not be eligble for award in Lot 2, Lot 3 or Lot 4. Government Procurement Service will evaluate first those Tender responses it receives for Lot 1.
Government Procurement Service will award up to 2 Framework Agreements to potential providers that can supply the services under Lot 1.
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Master vendor managed service

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79600000

3)Quantity or scope

The Service required is for the supply of fully vetted Allied Health Professionals, Health Science Services Staff and certain Emergency Services staff for temporary hire or direct employment or engagement by Contracting Bodies.
Awarded Suppliers will supply Allied Health Professionals, Health Science Services Staff and Emergency Services staff registered with them as an employment business and will make up any shortfall by managing supplementary supply from other high quality employment businesses.
The awarded Supplier will be responsible for the compliance of the Employment Businesses and Agencies used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Framework Agreement and in accordance with all legislative and regulatory requirements.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Government Procurement Service will award up to 8 Framework Agreements to potential providers that can supply the services under Lot 2.
Lot No: 3 Lot title: Allied Health Professionals

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79600000

3)Quantity or scope

The Service is for the supply of fully vetted Allied Health Professionals and certain Emergency Services personnel for temporary hire or direct employment or engagement by Contracting Bodies.
The awarded Supplier has the option of making up any shortfall by managing supplementary supply from other high quality employment businesses.
The awarded Supplier will be responsible for the compliance of the employment businesses and agencies used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Framework Agreement and in accordance with all legislative and regulatory requirements.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Also included within the job profiles and job sub families of this Lot are a number of roles falling within the Emergency Services job profiles
Government Procurement Service will award up to 20 Framework Agreements to potential providers that can supply the services under Lot 3.
Lot No: 4 Lot title: Health science services

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79600000

3)Quantity or scope

The Service is for the supply of fully vetted Health Science Services staff for temporary hire or direct employment or engagement by Contracting Bodies.
The awarded Supplier has the option of making up any shortfall by managing supplementary supply from other high quality employment businesses.
The awarded Supplier will be responsible for the compliance of the employment businesses and agencies used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Framework Agreement and in accordance with all legislative and regulatory requirements.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Government Procurement Service will award up to 7 Framework Agreements to potential providers that can supply the services under Lot 4.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Potential providers will be advised if this is necessary during the selection stage of the procurement. Parent company guarantees of performance or guarantees to cover and financial liability may be required by Government Procurement Service or proposed by potential providers (subject to the agreement of Government Procurement Service) if considered appropriate.
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:

No special legal form is required but if a framework agreement is awarded to a consortium, Government Procurement Service may require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into the Framework Agreement.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Potential Providers will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an Invitation to Tender (“ITT”).
This procurement will be managed electronically via the Government Procurement Service’s e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.
If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for GPS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering and the registered organisation must be the organisation that will be a supplier on the framework agreement where appointed as such pursuant to this procurement process.”

http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respond-tender

Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailing expressionofinterest@gps.gsi.gov.uk.

Your email must clearly state: the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for; the name of the registered supplier; and the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Government Procurement Service will process the email and then enable the supplier to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to Emptoris email messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information.
For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Government Procurement Service Helpdesk :
— Freephone: +44 3450103503
— email: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk

Responses must be published by the date in IV.3.4.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Potential Providers will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an ITT.
The ITT can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1

Government Procurement Service uses a credit reference agency (currently Experian) as the first step in determining financial risk. Government Procurement Service will request an Experian financial risk score based on the information provided in response to the Selection Questions. The report provided by Experian will be used to determine the level of financial risk the Potential Provider represents.
Government Procurement Service may take into account any of the following information:
(a) appropriate statements from banks or, where appropriate, evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance;
(b) the presentation of balance-sheets or extracts from the balance-sheets, where publication of the balance-sheet is required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established;
(c) a statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate, of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last three financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information on these turnovers is available.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: If the score provided by Experian is 26 or more for Lots 1 and 2 or 16 or more for Lots 3 and 4 (where a standard UK score is available), then the Potential Provider will be allocated a ‘pass’ and the Tender will proceed to Stage 3 of the evaluation process.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Potential Providers will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an ITT.
The ITT can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1

Government Procurement Service may have regard to any of the following means in its assessment:
(a) a list of the services carried out over the past three years, accompanied by invoices as proof of supply of the services. These invoices shall indicate customer contact details, dates, value and a brief description of the services. Where appropriate, the Potential Provider shall submit these invoices to the contracting authority direct;
(b) a description of the technical facilities and measures used by the Potential Provider for ensuring quality and continuous improvement.
(c) an indication of the services which the Potential Provider intends to subcontract in the event that the Potential Provider is appointed to provide services under the framework agreement

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

Section IV: Procedure

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

Open
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:

RM959
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

29.7.2013 – 13:00
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

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Place:

Electronically, via web-based portal

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

Potential Providers should note that, in accordance with the UK Government’s policies on transparency, Government Procurement Service intends to publish tthe Invitation to Tender (ITT) document and the text of any Framework Agreement awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of Government Procurement Service. The terms of the proposed Framework Agreement will also permit a public sector contracting body, awarding a contract under this Framework Agreement, to publish the text of that contract, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the contracting body. Further information on transparency can be found at:
http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/about-government-procurement-service/transparency-and-accountability/transparency-procurement

The contracting authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to enter into any framework agreement as a result of the procurement process commenced by the publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competion; and in no circumstances will the contracting authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates.
If the contracting authority decides to enter into a framework agreement with successful suppliers, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to the conclusion of the framework agreement is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of potential suppliers. Any orders placed under this framework agreement will form a separate contract under the scope of this framework agreement between the supplier and the specific requesting other Contracting Body. The contracting authority and other Contracting Bodies utilising the framework agreement reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the framework agreement.
The duration referenced in Section II.1.4 is for the placing of orders.
Responses must be published by the date in IV.3.4
The value provided in Section II.1.4 is only an estimate. We cannot guarantee to suppliers any business through this framework agreement.
A Tender must remain valid and capable of acceptance by the Authority for a period of 120 days, plus the duration of the standstill period including any extension thereto, following the tender submission deadline. A Tender with a shorter validity period may be rejected.
Government Procurement Service wishes to establish a Framework Agreement for use by the following UK public sector bodies (and any future successors to these organisations):
NHS Bodies England:
http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/AcuteTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/Pages/PrimaryCareTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/MentalHealthTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/CareTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/AmbulanceTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/StrategicHealthAuthorityListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/SpecialHealthAuthorityListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/OtherListing.aspx

Hospices in the UK:
http://www.helpthehospices.org.uk/about-hospice-care/find-a-hospice/uk-hospice-and-palliative-care-services/

Scottish NHS Bodies:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/NHS-Workforce/NHS-Boards

NHS Wales:
http://www.wales.nhs.uk/ourservices/directory

https://www.buy4wales.co.uk/UsefulResources/contractsframeworks/organisationlist/poaplist.html?cat=14318

Health and Social care in Northern Ireland:
http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=hospitals

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=boards

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=agencies

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=councils

Central Government Departments, Local Government and Public Corporations that can be accessed at the Public Sector Classification Guide:
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-285768

Local Authorities:
http://openlylocal.com/councils/all

NDPBs:
http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/recruitment/departments-and-accredited-ndpbs/a-f

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/recruitment/departments-and-accredited-ndpbs/g-l

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/recruitment/departments-and-accredited-ndpbs/m-r

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/recruitment/departments-and-accredited-ndpbs/s-z

National Parks Authorities:
http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/

Educational Establishments in England and Wales, maintained by the Department for Children, Schools and Families including Schools, Universities and Colleges but not Independent Schools:
http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/home.xhtml

Police Forces in the United Kingdom:
http://www.police.uk/?view=force_sites

Fire and Rescue Services in the United Kingdom:
http://www.fireservice.co.uk/information/ukfrs

http://dontgivefireahome.org/contacts

Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations)
Third Sector and Charities in the United Kingdom:
http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/

http://www.oscr.org.uk/

http://www.charitycommissionni.org.uk/

Citizens Advice in the United Kingdom:
http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice.htm

www.cas.org.uk

http://www.citizensadvice.co.uk/

Scottish Public Bodies:
The framework agreement will be available for use by any Scottish Public Sector Body: the Authority; Scottish Non-Departmental Public Bodies; offices in the Scottish Administration which are not ministerial offices; cross-border public authorities within the meaning of section 88(5) of the Scotland Act 1998; the Scotland Office; the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body; councils constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (except where they are acting in their capacity as educational authority); Scottish joint fire boards or joint fire and rescue boards; Scottish joint police boards or any successor National Police or Fire Authority; Scottish National Park authorities, bodies registered as social landlords under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, Scottish health boards or special health boards, Student Loans Company Limited, Northern Lighthouse Board, further or higher education institutions being fundable bodies within the meaning of section 6 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005 any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament, any association of or formed by one or more of the foregoing, bodies financed wholly or mainly by one or more of the foregoing, bodies subject to management supervision by one or more of the foregoing and bodies more than half of the board of directors or members of which, or, in the case of a group of individuals, more than half of those individuals, being appointed by one or more of the foregoing.
Scottish Government:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Home

Scottish Parliament:
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/abouttheparliament/27110.aspx

Scottish Local Authorities:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/Government/councils

http://www.scotland-excel.org.uk/home/AboutUs/OurMembers/AssociateMembers.aspx

Scottish Agencies, NDPBs:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/public-bodies/about/Bodies

Scottish Further and Higher Education Bodies
http://www.sfc.ac.uk/about_the_council/council_funded_institutions/WhoWeFundUniversities.aspx

http://www.sfc.ac.uk/about_the_council/council_funded_institutions/WhoWeFundColleges.aspx

Scottish Police:
http://www.scottish.police.uk/

Scottish Housing Associations:
http://www.sfha.co.uk/component/option,com_membersdir/Itemid,149/view,membersdir/

The Scotland Office:
http://www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk/scotlandoffice/33.30.html

Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations) – Scotland:
http://www.esystems.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk/register/reg_pub_dsp.search

Scottish Schools
A) Primary Schools:
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=isprimaryschool&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search

B) Secondary Schools:
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=issecondaryschool&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search

C) Special Schools:
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=isspecial&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search

Welsh Public Bodies:
A) National Assembly for Wales, Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh Local Authorities, and all bodies covered by:
www.buy4wales.co.uk/UsefulResources/contractsframeworks/organisationlist/poaplist.html?cat=14318

http://www.assemblywales.org/abthome/abt-links.htm

http://new.wales.gov.uk/about/civilservice/directorates/?lang=en

B) Housing Associations – registered Social Landlords Wales:
http://www.wao.gov.uk/reportsandpublications/housingassociations.asp

NI Public Bodies:
A) Northern Ireland Government Departments:
http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/gov.htm

B) Northern Ireland Public Sector Bodies and Local Authorities:
http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/az2.htm

C) Schools in Northern Ireland:
http://www.deni.gov.uk/index/facts-and-figures-new/education-statistics/32_statistics_and_research-numbersofschoolsandpupils_pg/32_statistics_and_research-schoolleveldata_pg/statistics_and_research-school_enrolment_1112.htm

D) Universities in Northern Ireland:
http://www.deni.gov.uk/links.htm

E) Northern Ireland Housing Associations:
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/contacts/contacts-az.htm/housing-associations-contact

Police Service of Northern Ireland:
http://www.psni.police.uk/index.htm

Any corporation established, or a group of individuals appointed to act together, for the specific purpose of meeting needs in the general interest, not having an industrial or commercial character, and
(i) financed wholly or mainly by another contracting authority listed above in this section VI.3 of this notice;
(ii) subject to management supervision by another contracting authority listed above in this section VI.3 of this notice; or
(iii) more than half of the board of directors or members of which, or, in the case of a group of individuals, more than half of those individuals, are appointed by another contracting authority listed above in this section VI.3 of this notice
(iv) an association of or formed by one or more of the Contracting Authorities listed above in this section VI.3 of this notice

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolutions
International Dispute Resolution Centre, 70 Fleet Street
EC4Y 1EU London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: info@cedr.com
Telephone: +44 2075366000
Internet address: http://www.cedr.com
Fax: +44 2075366001

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Government Procurement Service will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the framework agreement is communicated to tenderers. Potential Providers who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the Potential Provider was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the framework agreement has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No. 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a framework agreement has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order Government Procurement Service to amend any document and may award damages. If the framework agreement has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order Government Procurement Service to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the framework agreement be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the framework agreement is entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:17.6.2013