Supply of Additional Supportive Medicines for a UK Stockpile of Medicines for Covid-19 Preparedness

Supply of Additional Supportive Medicines for a UK Stockpile of Medicines for Covid-19 Preparedness

The Department of Health and Social Care seeks to establish multiple contracts for the supply of additional pharmaceutical products for a UK stockpile of medicines for Covid-19 preparedness.

United Kingdom-London: Pharmaceutical products

2020/S 185-447938

Contract notice


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
Contact person: John Cook

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to 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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Supply of Additional Supportive Medicines for a UK Stockpile of Medicines for Covid-19 Preparedness


Reference number: CM-EMI-20-C12107

II.1.2)Main CPV code

33600000 Pharmaceutical products

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The contracting authority seeks to establish multiple contracts for the supply of additional pharmaceutical products for a UK stockpile of medicines for Covid-19 preparedness. The Department of Health and Social Care are managing the procurement on behalf of Public Health England.


II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 60 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

33600000 Pharmaceutical products

II.2.3)Place of performance


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Department of Health and Social Care intend to run a procurement exercise to source additional pharmaceutical products for a UK stockpile of medicines for Covid-19 preparedness. The stockpile will cover additional intensive care unit medicines, antibiotics and end of life care medicines. The UK stockpile tender exercise will be performed through the online application Atamis procurement software. This tender will be following an open accelerated procedure with a 15-day completion time frame. The contractual period is proposed for 12 months with the option to extend annually for 2 further years. The UK tender is a stockpile tender where it is proposed that 30 products in 72 presentations will be tendered in 30 lots and to be purchased by Public Health England. Full evaluation criteria is detailed within the ITT documentation — failure to return requested information may result in submissions being rejected as non-compliant.


II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 60 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 02/11/2020
End: 29/10/2021
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contracts shall have the option to be extended by up to two 12-month periods. The volume of products to be procured during any extension period may be up to 50 % subject to the agreement of the supplier.


II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

Details of the volumes required will be provided within the tender documents.


Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.


III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.


III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
Accelerated procedure

The Covid-19 outbreak has given rise to an urgent need for the authority to create a stockpile of medicines suitable for use in the Intensive Care Unit and End of Life environments because the Authority needs to be in a position to treat the population as required in case the Covid-19 outbreak escalates suddenly. This does not give the authority sufficient time to comply with the standard open procedure time scales for this procurement. The authority considers this to be a state of urgency which it has duly substantiated. Accordingly, the authority 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.


IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

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

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 28/09/2020
Local time: 13:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Tender must be valid until: 29/01/2021

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 28/09/2020
Local time: 13:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:


Responding to this notice: suppliers who do not respond to this procurement exercise in the following manner may be disqualified from the procurement process provided that the following conditions will operate in addition to and not replace any other conditions stated in the procurement documents which may result in disqualification.

1) Submission of expression of interest and procurement specific information. This procurement exercise will be conducted on the eTendering portal at https: // Candidates wishing to be considered for this procurement exercise must register and provide additional procurement specific information (if requested), through the eTendering portal as follows:

1.1) If not already registered, candidates should register on the eTendering portal at and click the link to register:

— ‘accept the terms and conditions’;

— enter your correct business details;

— click ‘Submit’ when complete;

— you will shortly receive an email from the Salesforce platform asking you to finalise your registration;

1.2) Once registered, candidates must express interest as follows:

(a) login to the eTendering portal;

(b) select ‘Find Opportunities’;

(c) select the opportunity that you are interested in;

(d) ‘Register interest’;

(e) select ‘confirm’;

(f) once you have expressed interest, it will move to ‘My Proposals and Quotes’, where you can download additional documentation (if required) and construct your reply as instructed. You must then publish your reply using the ‘Publish’ button;

1.3) For any support in registering on the portal or submitting your expression of interest please contact the Atamis Help-desk at +44 800 9956035 or

2) General supplier information. To manage and assess supplier information the contracting authority requests candidates provide their company profile in the Governments supplier information database, supplier registration, as follows:

2.1) If not already registered, candidates must go to the following web page and select ‘Register’ at the top right of the page. Key in details as requested to search for your company. If you do not have a D-U-N-S® Number, click on the link at the right of the page to obtain a number from D&B. Candidates must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) D-U-N-S® Number to enable registration on Supplier Registration.

2.2) Once registration is complete you are able to create and update your registered company profile. Candidates should ensure all the mandatory fields of their sid4gov profile are completed and up to date for each procurement exercise. D&B data will be supplied automatically by D&B.

2.3) For further help or information concerning supplier registration, please contact the Helpdesk or telephone +44(0)1614137982. Documentation availability candidates are advised that the contracting authority has taken measures to protect confidential information contained within the full suite of procurement documents by restricting access to those documents. The contracting authority will only provide access to the full suite of procurement documents to candidates who satisfy the selection criteria and complete the non-disclosure agreement provided via Atamis eTendering portal in accordance with the instructions provided by the contracting authority. The contract(s) is for the benefit of the contracting authority and NHS bodies along with any other non-NHS bodies which are necessary for the delivery of services or goods to NHS bodies, local authorities, other government departments or non-departmental public bodies charged with the delivery of healthcare or health related services in the United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories including, without limitation, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly and Scottish Ministers.


VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: The High Court
Postal address: Strand
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 2LL
Country: United KingdomInternet address:
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: