UK focal point on drugs
Department of Health. The requirement is for service providers to produce a report on the use of illegal drugs in the UK
UK-London: health services
Section I: Contracting authority
Department of Health
Skipton House, 80 London Road
Contact point(s): Procurement Centre of Expertise (PCoE)
For the attention of: Lavina Gunamal
SE1 6LH London
General address of the contracting authority: http://www.dh.gov.uk
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Aboutus/Procurementandproposals/BMS/index.htm
Electronic access to information: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Aboutus/Procurementandproposals/BMS/index.htm
Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Aboutus/Procurementandproposals/BMS/index.htm
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 25: Health and social services
This work is required to meet a statutory obligation, namely to fulfil the requirement on the United Kingdom Government under EU Regulation no 1920/2006 to provide data and information on the use of illicit drugs in the UK to the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).
The work is split into three distinctive areas:
Lot 1: expertise and technical support.
This is for the provision of a wide range of technical information on the UK drugs situation including publishing an extensive annual report to the EMCDDA in formats required by the Agency.
The key outputs for lot 1 are:
1. an annual report on the drugs situation in the UK.
2. standard statistical tables and structured questionnaires detailing the UK drugs situation.
3. relevant inputs to the EMCDDA’s information systems in science based practice.
4. an annual activity report (including progress in implementing the EU’s five key drug indicators).
5. engaging with the EMCDDA and other European Focal Points, and responding to the other regular and ad hoc requests from the EMCDDA.
6. reporting to the United Nations (UN)
Lot 2: professional expertise in the chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology of psychoactive substances.
This is for the co-ordination of the UK component of an European Early Warning System on New Psychoactive Substances as required under an EU Council Decision.
The key outputs for lot 2 are:
1. specific reports to the EMCCDA when new substances appear in the UK.
2. coordination and/or contribute to ad hoc requests relevant to early warning systems (under the guidance from the head of the Focal Point).
Lot 3: The assembly of data on drug treatment across the UK in formats required by the EMCDDA.
Professional expertise is required for the assembley and analysis of data from the four drug treatment monitoring systems across the UK to meet the requirements of the treatment demand indicator.
The key outputs for lot 3 are:
1. production of a set of treatment demand indicators (TDI) statistical tables for the UK for the 2012 and 2013 years.
This is a niche requirement and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) can seek further information on the UK Focal Point on drugs below:
The Department of Health reserves the right for yearly reviews based on funding and performance. This contract will be subject to break clauses.
The services required are Part B services and the procurement will be conducted accordingly. A 10 day standstill period will apply.
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
Estimated value excluding VAT: 660 000,00 GBP
Number of possible renewals: 1
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)
Information about lots
Lot No: 1 Lot title: Expertise and technical support
— Expertise and technical support is required to assemble a wide range of technical information about the UK.
Drugs situation include:
— Information on policy responses and interventions in structured/semi-structured formats,
— Details of new research undertaken within the UK.
According to detailed formats specified by the EMCDDA.
— Produce an annual report of the drug situation (200+) and a report on the state of progress of developing.
Systems for monitoring the drugs situation in the UK according to detailed formats specificed by the EMCDDA.
— Maintain an extensive network of partners working in the drugs field in scientific agencies, research institutions.
Other Government Departments (OGDs) and the three devolved administrations and of experts in a range of specialist areas, including support for technical meetings and steering group meetings in order to further the development of information on the drugs situation in the UK.
— Provide replies and ad hoc support to requests,
— Datasets on key indicators from each of the UK adminstrations.
The key outputs are:
1. An annual report on the drugs situation in the UK.
2. Standard statistical tables and structural questionnaires detailing the UK drugs situation.
3. relevant inputs to the EMCDDa’s information systems in science-based practice.
4. An annual activity report (including progress in implementing the EU’s five key drug indicators).
5. Engaging with the EMCDDA and other european focal points, and responding to the other ad hoc requests.
6. Reporting to the United Nations (UN).
Key outputs are:
1. specific reports to the EMCDDA when new substances appear in the UK.
2. coordination and/or contribute to ad hoc requests relevant to early warning systems (this will be under the guidance from the head of the focal point.
The key outputs for lot 3 are:
1. publication of a set of Treatment Demand Indicators (TDI) statistical tables for the UK for the 2012 and 2013 reporting years.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Please refer to ITT document.
Please refer to ITT document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Please refer to ITT document.
Section IV: Procedure
Payable documents: no
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no
Section VI: Complementary information
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): A grant of around 85 000 GBP per annum from EMCCDA is currently available to the UK and other EU member states to meet part of the cost.
Potential suppliers should note that, in accordance with Government’s policies on transparency, DH intends to publish the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document, and the text of any framework agreement/contract awarded subject to possible redactions at the discretion of DH. Further information on transparency can be found at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/transparency-overview.
Note: the following link will take you to the guidance documentation for using the Departments BMS system (e-tendering portal).
Instructions for conditions of participation:
All participants must complete an invitation to tender document (ITT) which covers economic and financial capacity and technical capacity.
This procurement exercise will be conducted on the DH eTendering portal at:
We call this system BMS (Business Management Systems).
Candidates wishing to be considered for this contract must register and download and complete an ITT through the DH eTendering portal (BMS).
Registration is a simple one-step process:
The supplier must register as a company/organisation, then each employee who may undertake a tendering exercise must then register as an individual.
Once this stage is completed, it is then possible to register and download this tender.
Note: standard BMS functionality will only acknowledge one recipient per supplier for each individual tender. If you require the tender to be seen by multiple users we suggest using a centralised e-mail address (eg. firstname.lastname@example.org).
Log on instructions are as follows:
Stage 1 – new suppliers.
Those who have not previously contracted with DH will first need to ensure that their company details are registered in the system.
a) Go to the link above
b) Click on ‘new supplier’
c) Complete and send the details in the automated e-mail address that appears.
d) Within 3 working days, you will receive an email with your login information; a unique username and password.
Note: standard BMS functionality requires the registered e-mail address to fuction as individual’s username.
Once registered, candidates must express interest as follows.
a) Go to the link above
b) Select ‘Login into e-Tendering System’
c) Select sourcing home page and enter ITT number 58356 for lot 1. 58353 for lot 2 and 58354 for lot 3 in search field provided.
d) Select radio button and click on quick link to intent to participate, review documentation and upload your response.
e) You must then publish your reply using the publish button.
For any support in submitting your ITT, please contact the eTendering Helpdesk at +44 1132545777. This helpdesk is available from (9:00) am to (4:00) pm, Monday to Friday.
Please note: registration on the DH secure portal is not entering onto a preferred supplier list. Registeration is solely to be able to interact with the department electronically.
The services required are Part B services and the procurement will be conducted accordingly.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:19.1.2012