National Portable Appliance Testing Contract

National Portable Appliance Testing Contract

The Environment Agency are seeking a supplier to provide Portable Appliance Testing for approximately 13,800 items of field operated equipment, typically hand tools.

United Kingdom-Warrington: Electrical machinery, apparatus, equipment and consumables; lighting

2014/S 063-107364

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Environment Agency
North Procurement (West), Richard Fairclough House, Knutsford Road, Latchford
For the attention of: Mrs Dorothy Holding
WA4 1HT Warrington
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1925542332
E-mail: dorothy.holding@environment-agency.gov.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

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

Environment
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:

National Portable Appliance Testing.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Multiple sites across England and Wales.
NUTS code UKD

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 months: 60
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000 and 350 000 GBP

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

The Environment Agency are seeking a supplier to provide Portable Appliance Testing for approximately 13,800 items of field operated equipment, typically hand tools. To ensure equipment is fit and safe for use and complies with the requirement of PUWER Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 or equivalent. The work will be undertaken at Operational depots across England and Wales as well as individual item testing at short notice at remote field locations. The contractor will have the capacity to oversee and manage the scheduling of the equipment testing.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

31000000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
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:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000 and 350 000 GBP
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

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

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

A performance bond or parent company guarantee may be required as a condition of the award of the contract.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

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

Each economic operator to be jointly and severally liable for the performance of the contracts.
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: Any supplier may be disqualified who:
(a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, where his affairs are being administered by the court, where he has entered into an arrangement with creditors, where he has suspended business activities or is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order compulsory winding up the administration by the court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations;
(c) has been convicted by a judgment which has the force of res judicata in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct;
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contract authorities can demonstrate;
(e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under this Section or has not supplied such information;
(h) has been the subject of a conviction for participation in a criminal organization, as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA;
(i) has been the subject of a conviction for corruption, as defined in Article 3 of the Council Act of 26 May 1972 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA3 respectively;
(j)has been the subject of a conviction for fraud within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities;
(k) has been the subject of a conviction for money laundering, as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10 June 1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
Evidence of economic and financial standing and technical competence will be required, each applicant may be required to be complete a supplier selection stage on our tendering portal before being invited forward to tender.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (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 of these turnovers is available.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(c) an indication of the technicians or technical bodies involved, whether or not belonging directly to the economic operator’s undertaking, especially those responsible for quality control and, in the case of public works contracts, those upon whom the contractor can call in order to carry out the work;
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
The contractor will also provide a web-hosted database that will provide the capability for Environment Agency England and Natural Resources Wales staff to overview their equipment and its current status for inspection and testing.
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

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

Envisaged number of operators: 1
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:

EAAA-9GXF3J
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

20.4.2014 – 16:00
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 of tenders

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

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: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): TBA.
VI.3)Additional information

Submission of expressions of interest and procurement specific information: This exercise shall be conducted using the Environment Agency’s eSourcing portal provided by Due North. Candidates shall only be considered by registering their expression of interest on our portal at www.sell2ea.co.uk

Click on the ‘Suppliers click here’ link and then Register Free on the portal. Login to the portal with the username/password then find this opportunity in the Search Latest Opportunities area and click on the relevant hyperlink relating to this contract. Those published in this area are opportunities open to any registered supplier. Once in the opportunity click the Register Interest button at the bottom of the page. This will then inform the buyer that you have registered an interest and you will receive confirmation of this via a system generated e-mail. Expressions of Interest sent directly to the contact person placing this notice will not be considered and shall not be responded to. You may contact this person for advice for information regarding the contracting opportunity but for all portal issues click on the Support area on the supplier registration page.
Right to Cancel: The Environment Agency reserves the right to discontinue the procurement process at any time, which shall include the right not to award a framework or contract, and does not bind itself to accept the lowest tender, or any tender received, and reserves the right to award the framework or contract in part, or to call for new tenders should it consider this necessary.
The Environment Agency shall not be liable for any costs or expenses incurred by any candidate or tenderer in connection with the completion and return of the information requested in this Contract Notice, or in the completion or submission of any tender.
Other Authorities Involved:
The Contract Agreement will be available for use by the following UK public sector bodies (and any future successors): DWP, Defra, EA and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as well as all other Central Government Departments, Executive Agencies, NDPBs and UK Contracting Authorities listed in the following links.
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/A-ZOfCentralGovernment/index.htm and Local Authorities http://openlylocal.com/councils/all

Similarly the contractor may be required to supply the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Welsh Assembly including its Executive Agencies e.g. Natural Resources Wales.

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

United Kingdom

Body responsible for mediation procedures

United Kingdom

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Standstill: The Environment Agency will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.
The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

United Kingdom

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:27.3.2014