Supply E-assessment Platform for the British Council
The British Council are looking for a flexible and robust e-assessment platform to deliver their current and future testing needs across the globe.
United Kingdom-London: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
10 Spring Gardens
For the attention of: Dan Elsworth
SW1A 2BN London
General address of the contracting authority: www.britishcouncil.org
Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/britishcouncil
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
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 7: Computer and related services
NUTS code UKI
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The organisation has been involved in the field of English language testing for 65 years, working with a number of UK partners to develop and deliver testing products. The British Council launched its first wholly owned computer-based assessment product, Aptis, in August 2012, which has since been followed by a number of variants for different audience segments. The British Council also has a variant developed in partnership with another organisation, and plans further partnerships of this type. In addition, the British Council has developed other CB assessment products and plans to expand their assessment business by developing the product portfolio further and increasing the number of markets in which their tests are available. Partnership is key to that expansion and the British Council would like to offer services in test publishing and CB delivery to UK organisations with whom it already works in a pen and paper capacity and other new partners.
This expansion needs to be underpinned by robust quality assurance, and the need to have a test platform that supports them in demonstrating the statistical validity and reliability of their products.
The British Council is looking for solutions that can support its paper-based testing.
More information about the solution is available on their website:
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.9)Information about variants
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
(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 for compulsory winding up or 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 judgement 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 ay means which the contracting 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 organisation 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 26.5.1972 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 10.6.1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Means of proof required. These conditions are outlined in the Qualification Questionnaire.
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
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: 2015/S 246-447405 of 19.12.2015
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
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
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
Suppliers will be required to register with https://in-tendhost.co.uk/britishcouncil to take part in the tender process.
Once registered, bidders must re-enter the site, go to their tenders and download the relevant documents, complete it and upload it. Instructions can be downloaded from https://in-tendhost.co.uk/britishcouncil.
Means of proof required. These conditions are outlined in the documents. All completed documents must be submitted to the relevant section onhttps://in-tendhost.co.uk/britishcouncil.
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: