Microbiology Testing for NHS Blood and Transplant

Microbiology Testing for NHS Blood and Transplant

NHSBT requires a fully integrated microbiology testing system including all the mandatory and discretionary microbiology testing within a managed service.

UK-Filton: diagnostic systems

2012/S 135-225386

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

NHS Blood and Transplant
North Bristol Park
For the attention of: Daniel Kirkbride
BS34 7QH Filton, Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1179217244
E-mail: Daniel.kirkbride@nhsbt.nhs.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office
I.3)Main activity

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

Microbiology testing managed service.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 25: Health and social 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

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 7

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

NHSBT requires a fully integrated microbiology testing system including all the mandatory and discretionary microbiology testing within a managed service. This includes the assays, instrumentation and data management software to deliver a final result to the Authority’s information management system(s).
NHSBT has three testing sites throughout England, collecting approximately 2,100,000 million blood and tissue donations each year. Within the patient services directorate of the Authority, the testing function performs a wide range of testing services; these include the large-scale serological screening of blood and tissue donations for microbiological markers such as HBsAg, anti-HCV, combined HIV antigen/antibody, syphilis antibody, anti-HTLV (currently done on all donations in pools of 24) and anti-CMV. There is also a requirement for smaller scale screening for malaria antibodies, antibodies to T.cruzi (Chagas disease), and anti-HBc and anti-HBs on selected donations. The full list of markers including current numbers tested and the full list of requirements is contained within the tender documents.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

33124110, 33124130, 33698100, 71900000, 48921000, 33141625, 33696500, 85111800

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: 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:

Details of the scope of the project are already given at Section II.1.5 above.
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 17.12.2012. Completion 16.12.2019

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

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

If it is considered appropriate by the authority, an indemnity, guarantee, bond or other form of appropriate security may be required.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

As contained within the tender documents.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

The Authority reserves the right to require groupings of economic operators to take a particular legal form or to require a single economic operator to take primary liability for a contract to be performed by a group of economic operators or to require each party to undertake joint and several liability in respect of the entire contract irrespective of the form the grouping takes.
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

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: In accordance with Articles 45 and 46 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulation 23 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as set out in the Invitation to Tender available from the address in Section I.1.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: In accordance with Articles 45 and 46 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulation 23 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as set out in the invitation to tender available from the address in section I.1.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As set out in the invitation to tender.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
In accordance with Articles 45 and 46 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulation 23 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as set out in the invitation to tender available from the address in Section I.1.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As set out in the invitation to tender.
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

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 1
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: As set out in the as set out in the invitation to tender, which is available from the address specified in Section I.1.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
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: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: The contracting authority reserves the right to use an electronic auction as part of this procurement at its discretion, but is not required to use one.
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

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2011/S 148-246423 of 4.8.2011

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

3.9.2012 – 15:00
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
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

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

To view and respond to the Invitation to Tender, please register your organisation on the NHSBT BravoSolution eSourcing Portal (at https://nhsbt.bravosolution.co.uk) and complete the necessary actions. If you require any assistance please consult the online help facility or contact the BravoSolution eSourcing help desk on +44 8003684850.

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

NHS Blood and Transplant
500 North Bristol Park, North Way, Filton
BS34 7QH Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: daniel.kirkbride@nhsbt.nhs.uk
Telephone: +44 1179217244

Body responsible for mediation procedures

NHS Blood and Transplant
500 North Bristol Park, North Way, Filton
BS34 7QH Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: daniel.kirkbride@nhsbt.nhs.uk
Telephone: +44 1179217244

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: NHS Blood and Transplant will allow a standstill period at the point the decision regarding the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. The standstill period shall be in accordance with Regulation 32A of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

11.7.2012