Packaging Standardisation for NHS Test and Trace – Supply Contract

Packaging Standardisation for NHS Test and Trace – Supply Contract

The COVID-19 outbreak has given rise to an urgent need for the supply of the relevant packaging requirements.

Packaging Standardisation for NHS Test and Trace

Contract summary



    • Mail or parcel bags – 18933000
    • Goods-packing bags – 18937100
    • Self-adhesive labels – 30192800

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

14 June 2021

Closing date

7 July 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 September 2021

Contract end date

31 March 2022

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

This is an accelerated procedure. Justification:

The COVID-19 outbreak has given rise to an urgent need for the supply of the relevant packaging requirements detailed in this procurement to ensure continuity of supply in the winter months of 2021. This does not give DHSC sufficient time to comply with the standard open procedure timescales for this procurement. DHSC considers this to be a state of urgency which it has duly substantiated. Accordingly, DHSC is using the accelerated time limits permitted under the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (regulation 27(5) for the open procedure) in respect of this procurement

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?




NHS Test and Trace is the national organisation under the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) responsible for conducting Covid-19 testing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ambition of NHS Test and Trace is to ensure that everyone who needs a test in the UK has access to one
DHSC are looking to standardise the packaging requirements for the test kits to move to a more effective and economic packaging solution that can protect test kits in transport to homes as well as meeting the legal requirements to safely transport samples returned to test laboratories. This packaging also needs to be handled efficiently at laboratories to maximise testing throughput.

DHSC are now advising the market of our intention to procure these goods.

This procurement will be broken down into 5 Lots:
Lot 1 individual sample box, Lot 2: tamper security seal, Lot 3 absorbent sheet, Lot 4 leakproof bag and Lot 5 satellite channel returns box.

Suppliers can bid for 1 or multiple Lots.

Suppliers instructions: the opportunity will be available on the DHSC Atamis eTendering System. Select this link to access and register your organisation to the Atamis system if you have not already done so. Select ‘Find Opportunities’ and then select the ‘Packaging Standardisation for Test & Trace (ITT stage)’ opportunity. Once you have selected the Opportunity, press the ‘Register Interest’ button to register your interest. Once the tender pack is published you can review documents, send clarification messages, submit the response, or decline to respond, if you decide not to participate in the opportunity.

We are planning to issue the tender pack on Thursday 17th June 2021, an automatic message will be sent notifying you as long as you have expressed your interest against this opportunity.

For further assistance please consult the online help, or the eTendering help desk.
DHSC expressly reserves the rights:

(i) to use a reverse auction;

(ii) to cancel this procurement at any stage;

(iii) to not award any contract as a result of the procurement

Please note that all future correspondence for the event will be our e-Procurement System.


How to apply


Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer


Contact name

Test & Trace Market Engagement


39 Victoria Street