Laser Ablation Accessory for Natural History Museum

Laser Ablation Accessory for Natural History Museum

Lasers. Laser Ablation Accessory for use in Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS).

UK-London: lasers

2012/S 40-064774

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
For the attention of: Mr J Baker, Procurement manager
SW7 5BD London
Telephone: +44 2079425416

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

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: National Museum
I.3)Main activity

Recreation, culture and religion
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:

The Natural History Museum: Laser Ablation Accessory.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

NUTS code UKI1

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)

Lasers. Laser Ablation Accessory for use in Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS).
The Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London, is not only a leading visitor attraction but is one of the world’s leading authorities and research institutes in natural history. The Mineralogy Department is one of its 5 scientific departments and houses a significant proportion of the Museum’s analytical facilities in the Electron Microscopy and Mineral Analysis (EMMA) Division. The fundamental aim of EMMA Division is to meet, to a standard of international excellence, the research and curatorial requirements in electron microscopy and chemical analysis of scientific staff in both the earth and life science departments. The facilities operate as an interdepartmental resource for both Museum scientists and visiting researchers from around the world, and additionally contributes to income generation and consultancy from many of the Museum’s consultancy sectors.
The London Centre for Ore Deposits and Exploration (LODE) is a collaboration between researchers in mineral deposit studies at the Natural History Museum and Imperial College London, working closely with scientists of the EMMA Division. Funds have been raised by the LODE group for the purchase of a new LA-ICP-MS facility.
The principal objectives of the procurement of a laser ablation accessory are to:
— obtain accurate and precise low level quantitative micro-analyses of natural and synthetic solid materials, using the laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) technique,
— obtain precise micro-analytical determinations of isotopic ratios in solid samples for the purposes of, for example, age dating minerals,
— obtain precise micro-analytical determinations of fluid and melt inclusions hosted in natural and synthetic materials including quartz.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

38636100 – LA21 – FG11

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:

Laser Ablation Accessory for use in Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS).
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
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
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

Accelerated restricted
Justification for the choice of accelerated procedure: External funding recently received leading to extreme urgency.
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: All suppliers deemed capable according to their completed pre-qualification quesionnare will be invited to tender.
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

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 5.3.2012 – 17:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

5.3.2012 – 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

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

Suppliers must read through this set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this opportunity. The information and/or documents for this opportunity are available on You must register on this site to respond, if you are already registered you will not needto register again, simply use your existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminderlink on the homepage. Suppliers must log in, go to your Response Manager and add the following Access Code:H55798QU8X. Suppliers are then required to complete the online questionnaire. Those suppliers meeting the requirements of the questionnaire, i.e. those deemed capable of supplying the equipment described, will be invited to tender and will then be able to download a full set of tender documents.

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs).However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement,and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.Other Information: GO Reference: GO-2012224-PRO-3738033.

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

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London
Telephone: +44 2079425416

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London
Telephone: +44 2079425416

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: