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Notice Summary

United Kingdom-London: Isotonic Tablets
Document Ref:
Document Type:
Contract Notice - Open Procedure
Published By:
NHS Supply Chain: Food is operated by Foodbuy Europe Ltd, as agent, for and on b
Date Published:
06 September 2019
Deadline Date:
23 September 2019
Document Source:
Alert Profile:

Notice Abstract

NHS Supply Chain: Food seeks to establish a non-exclusive framework agreement for the supply to the blood transfusion group and trusts within the NHS (the ‘Customer(s)’). via the e-Direct Route of the supply of isotonic tablets.

Notice Details

Contract notice

Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting Change entity

I.1) Name and addresses

NHS Supply Chain: Food is operated by Foodbuy Europe Ltd, as agent, for and on behalf of Supply Chain Coordination Ltd (‘SCCL’)

c/o Skipton House, 80 London Road






Internet address(es)

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.3) Communication

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:

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to the abovementioned address

I.4) Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office

I.5) Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Isotonic Tablets

II.1.2) Main CPV code



II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description

NHS Supply Chain: Food seeks to establish a non-exclusive framework agreement for the supply to the blood transfusion group and trusts within the NHS (the ‘Customer(s)’). via the e-Direct Route of the supply of isotonic tablets.

II.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 036 800.00 GBP

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: Yes

Tenders may be submitted for all lots

II.2) Description

Lot No: 1

II.2.1) Title

Isotonic Tablets

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)



II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:


Main site or place of performance:

Various locations in the UK.

II.2.4) Description of the procurement

This lot will consist of 1 product, isotonic tablets. It is anticipated that in the first 12 months the value of the framework agreement will be in the region of 518 400 GBP. For the full 48 month term (if extended) the anticipated value of the framework agreement will be in the region of 1 036 800 GBP. These values are approximate only and are based on the most recent historical usage information from the blood transfusion group, with a forecasted level of growth. The values provided are for guidance only and are not a guarantee of business.

II.2.5) Award criteria

Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Supply chain capability / Weighting: 10

Quality criterion: Service / Weighting: 10

Quality criterion: Sustainability / Weighting: 10

Price / Weighting:  70

II.2.6) Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 1 036 800.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 24

This contract is subject to renewal: No

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: No

II.2.11) Information about options

Options: Yes

Description of options:

The framework agreement will have an initial term of 24 months with an option to extend incrementally for up to a further 24 months.

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds

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

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

List and brief description of conditions:

Applicants should refer to II.2) of this contract notice for further details in respect of appointment to the framework agreement. Applicants may bid for 1, more than 1, or all lots and applicants should refer to the invitation to tender for more information in respect of this. The term of contracts formed under the framework agreement may continue beyond the end of the term of the framework agreement itself. NHS Supply Chain expects to provide successful suppliers with the opportunity to offer additional savings to customers through the provision of discounted pricing, value added offerings and commitment initiatives. Please refer to Section 7 of the ITT in respect to this. NHS Supply Chain will share savings information in order to assist its customers with making informed procurement decisions. NHS Supply Chain intends to enter into arrangements under which it will be entitled to purchase supplies and/or services which it will make available for purchase by:

1) Any NHS Trust;

2) Any other NHS entity;

3) Any government department, agency or other statutory body (for the avoidance of doubt including local authorities); and/or

4) Any private sector entity active in the UK healthcare sector.

Only NHS Supply Chain can order from the framework agreement and enter into contracts under it. Electronic ordering will be used and electronic invoicing will be accepted and electronic payment will be used. For the avoidance of doubt, and notwithstanding the estimate indicated at II.1.4) and II.1.5), NHS Supply Chain does not guarantee any level of purchase through the framework and advises applicants that the framework shall be established on a non-exclusive basis. Tenders and all supporting documentation for the contract must be priced in sterling and written in English. Any agreement entered into will be considered a contract made in England according to English law and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. NHS Supply Chain is not liable for any costs (including any third party costs fees or expenses incurred by those expressing an interest, participating or tendering for this contract opportunity. NHS Supply Chain reserves the right to terminate the procurement process (or part of it), to change the basis of and the procedures for the procurement process at any time, or to procure the subject matter of the contract by alternative means if it appears that it can be more advantageously procured by alternative means. The most economically advantageous or any tender will not automatically be accepted. All communications must be made through NHS Supply Chain's eTendering portal at using the message centre facility linked to this particular contract notice. Please note that the maximum number of suppliers as set out in IV.1.3) is an estimate only.

III.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Minimum level(s) of standards required:

The contracting authority reserves the right to require groupings of entities to take a particular form, or to require 1 party to undertake primary legal liability or to require that each party undertakes joint and several liability.

III.2) Conditions related to the contract

III.2.2) Contract performance conditions

The framework agreement includes obligations with respect to environmental issues and a requirement for successful suppliers to comply with the NHS Supply Chain code of conduct.

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement with several operators.

Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 2

IV.1.8) Information about 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

Notice number in the OJ S:

2019/S 129-315617

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

Date: 23/09/2019

Local time: 15:00

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: 7 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 24/09/2019

Local time: 09:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: Yes

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

Submission of expression of interest and procurement specific information: this procurement exercise will be conducted on the NHS Supply Chain eTendering portal at

Candidates wishing to be considered for this contract must register their expression of interest and provide additional procurement-specific information (if required) through the NHS Supply Chain eTendering portal as follows:


1) Use URL to access the NHS Supply Chain procurement portal;

2) If not yet registered:

— click on the ‘Not Registered Yet’ link to access the registration page,

— complete the registration pages as guided by the mini guide found on the landing page.

Portal access:

If registration has been completed:

— login with URL

— click on the ‘Supplier Dashboard’ icon to open the list of new procurement events.

Expression of interest:

— view contract notice content by clicking on the ‘View notice’ button for the procurement event. This opens a PDF document,

— express an interest by clicking on the ‘Express interest’ button,

— to start the response process after the expression of interest has been done, select the ‘My Active Opportunities’ option and click on the ‘Apply’ button,

— select the procurement event from the list by clicking on the description,

— in the detail view click on the orange coloured ‘Framework Agreement’ button to start responding to the tender.

Header level requirements:

— applicants are required to read all framework header documents which can be accessed using the ‘NHS Supply Chain header documents’ button, which is located in the ‘Select framework’ tab,

— applicants are required to upload the documents requested using the ‘Supplier header documents’ button, which is located in the ‘Select framework’ tab,

— the ‘Framework Questionnaire’ tab has no requirement for completion for this tender. Therefore, there is no requirement to complete this,

— a preview of the lot line details can be viewed using the ‘Lot header’ tab, by selecting the lot and using the ‘Lot line information’ button. In order to respond to a lot, applicants must select the relevant lot and then use the ‘Express intent’ button. This expression of intent does not place any obligation on the applicant to respond, the action unlocks the ability to respond,

— applicants are required to upload the documents requested at lot level using the ‘Supplier lot documents’ button after selecting the lot in the ‘Lot header’ tab,

— complete price offers per line for the lot by completing the required fields for the lines the applicant wants to include in the bid using the ‘Lot line detail’ tab. There are a number of mandatory fields to complete on a product line basis; these are highlighted in yellow in the ‘Lot line detail’ tab,

— applicants are required to answer all mandatory lot specific questions found in the ‘Lot evaluation criteria’ tab,

— applicants are then required to click on the ‘Terms and conditions’ button in the ‘Submit individual lot response(s)’ tab to view and accept the ISS terms and conditions,

— accept the ISS ‘Terms and conditions’ button to access this function,

— submit lot response, by clicking on the ‘Submit response to selected lot’ button in the ‘Submit individual lot response(s)’ tab to submit response for the lot. Each lot must be submitted independently,

— applicants are able to view their submission using the ‘Supplier submission report’ button, found in the ‘Submit individual lot response(s)’ tab. Please refer to Section III.1.1) for additional information.

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body




VI.4.3) Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Appeals to be logged in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended).

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice


Current Notes