Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive
Section I: Contracting Change
I.1) Name and addresses
I.2) 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 sent electronically to:
I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5) Main activity
Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)
Reference number: NP1005-19
II.1.2) Main CPV code
II.1.3) Type of contract
II.1.4) Short description
The procurement project is seeking to lease laboratory equipment and to purchase consumables/reagents which will deliver an evaluative implementation of Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) as a second line screen for the first and second trimester trisomy 21, 13 and 18 screening programme.
It aims to provide a better patient experience by improving the diagnostic performance of the screen with the offer of NIPT as a second line screen.
II.1.5) Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 900 000.00 GBP
II.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots:
II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3) Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:
NHS Tayside, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee.
II.2.4) Description of the procurement
The requirement is to procure the services for a single supplier for the lease of equipment to undertake NIPT that focuses on T13, T18 and T21. The tender will include the following areas:
— NIPT testing equipment,
— associated reagents and consumables,
— complete IT solution for analysis, reporting and short-term data storage.
Potential suppliers will be invited to tender for the total contract.
II.2.5) Award criteria
Quality criterion: Technical
/ Weighting: 70
Cost criterion: Price
/ Weighting: 30
II.2.6) Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 900 000.00 GBP
II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: Yes
Description of renewals:
Possibility of extending for 2 x 12 month periods.
II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted:
II.2.11) Information about options
II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds:
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1) Conditions for participation
III.1.2) Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3) Technical and professional ability
Minimum level(s) of standards required:
The following sections within the ESPD contained within the ITT 30881 — Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) must be completed.
All tendered services and products must fully comply with the NHS Requirement in the tender documents.
Please refer to the selection criteria as stated within the procurement documents for 4C.2, 4C.4, 4C.8.1, 4C.8.2, 4CD.10, 4C.11 and 4C.11.1.
4D.1 Quality management procedures:
1) The contractor must hold a UKAS (or equivalent) accredited independent third party certificate of compliance in accordance with BS EN ISO 9001 (or equivalent); or
2) The contractor must have the following:
(a) a documented policy regarding quality management. The policy must set out responsibilities for quality management demonstrating that the contractor has and continues to implement a quality management policy that is authorised by their chief executive, or equivalent, and is periodically reviewed at a senior management level. The policy must be relevant to the nature and scale of the work to be undertaken and set out responsibilities for quality management throughout the organisation;
(b) documented procedures for periodically reviewing, correcting and improving quality performance including processes for ensuring that the contractor’s quality management is effective in reducing/preventing incidents of sub-standard delivery, this must include the quality of output and general performance;
(c) a documented process for ensuring that quality management is effective in reducing/preventing incidents of sub-standard delivery, this must include the quality of output and general performance. The contractor must be able to provide copies of their organisation’s documentation procedures, that meet current agreed good practice. These must include the arrangements for quality management throughout the contractor’s organisation. They must set out how the contractor’s organisation will carry out its policy, with a clear indication of how the arrangements are communicated to the workforce;
(d) documented arrangements for providing the contractor’s workforce with quality related training and information appropriate to the type of work for which this organisation is likely to bid. This will demonstrate that the organisation has in place and implements training arrangements to ensure that its workforce has sufficient skills and understanding to discharge their various responsibilities. These must include a programme of training that will keep the workforce up to date with required knowledge about quality related issues, including copies of job profiles; training manuals and records;
(e) documented arrangements that your organisation has a system for monitoring quality management procedures on an ongoing basis. The contractor’s organisation must be able to provide evidence of systematic, periodic review and improvement of quality in respect of output and general performance;
(f) documented arrangements for ensuring that the contractors apply quality management measures that are appropriate to the work for which they are being engaged;
(g) a documented process demonstrating how the contractor deals with complaints. The contractor must be able to provide details of how their organisation maintains records of any complaints received and how corrective measures are carried out to prevent reoccurrence.
III.2) Conditions related to the contract
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1) Type of procedure
IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement:
IV.2) Administrative information
IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S:
IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Local time: 10:00
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
Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders
Local time: 10:00
NHS NSS, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9EB.
Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:
Rebecca Cruickshanks: Senior Commodity Manager.
Tender opening will be electronically via Public Contract Scotland — Tender (PCS-T) portal².
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1) Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement:
VI.2) Information about electronic workflows
Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3) Additional information
Contract value of GBP900,000 reflects the anticipated value of the contract duration including the optional extension period. No guarantees are given to either volume or value of spend.
The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The procurement contract reference is NP1005-19.
The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The project code is 13970
For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2343
VI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body
The Common Services Agency (more commonly known as NHS National Services Scotland) (‘NSS’)
Gyle Square (NSS Head Office), 1 South Gyle Crescent
Telephone: +44 1312756511
VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:
The authority will notify economic operators who submitted a tender or (where no deselection process has previously been made) applied to be selected to tender, of its decision to award the contract which notification will contain, among other information, a summary of the reasons as to why the economic operator was unsuccessful. The notification will incorporate a ‘standstill period’ of a minimum of 10 (ten) clear calendar days (or a minimum of 15 (fifteen) if the communication method used is not electronic) between the date on which the authority despatches the notice(s) and the date on which the authority proposes to conclude the relevant framework agreement. The bringing of court proceedings against the authority during the standstill period will automatically continue the prohibition on entering into the contract until the court proceedings are determined, discontinued or disposed of, or the court, by interim order, brings to an end the prohibition. The remedies that may be awarded by the courts before the contract has been entered into include the setting aside of the decision to award the contract to the winning tenderer(s). The bringing of court proceedings against the authority after the contract has been entered into will not affect the contract unless grounds for the imposition of special penalties under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 can be established. Otherwise the remedies that maybe awarded by the courts where the contract has been entered into are limited to the award of damages.
VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice