Market Research for Test Unpacking – Request for Information

Market Research for Test Unpacking – Request for Information

The RFI is a search for solutions across a range of handling systems such as bag openers, box openers, conveyors, vision systems.

United Kingdom-London: Conveyor equipment

2020/S 150-369074

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Department of Health and Social Care
Postal address: 39 Victoria Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI32 Westminster
Postal code: SW1H 0EU
Country: United Kingdom
I.2)Information about joint procurement


Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Market Research for Test Unpacking

II.1.2)Main CPV code

42417300 Conveyor equipment

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Dept. for Health and Social Care with associated Central Government Bodies is conducting market research to inform and engage with the market. Covid-19 test samples are unpacked singly in a manual bench operation at several laboratory sites. The department wishes to gather information around equipment, systems or services that will improve the productivity of this operation.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

30131500 Mail opening machines

II.2.3)Place of performance

Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This request for information (RFI) seeks to identify services, handling equipment and systems in the market, to improve productivity and which can be implemented rapidly. The RFI is a search for solutions across a range of handling systems such as bag openers, box openers, conveyors, vision systems (QC and bar code capture), RFID readers, custom handling equipment, pick and place machines, robots and associated control systems. We wish to receive proposals for longer term solutions and also to understand if there are solutions within the market that are capable of rapid implementation by the end of December 2020. This is to inform and engage with the market ahead of a potential OJEU process.

II.2.14)Additional information

All suppliers that wish to participate in the RFI will receive a non-disclosure agreement. This must be returned before the RFI is sent. This RFI will close 3 weeks after publication of this notice. All replies will be acknowledged and analysed. Clarifications may be requested via Atamis. Respondents will not receive feedback on this RFI stage.

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:


Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: