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 another address:
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically to:
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
National or federal agency/office
I.5) Main activity
Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
Needlefree Connection Systems and Associated Products
II.1.2) Main CPV code
II.1.3) Type of contract
II.1.4) Short description
NHS Supply Chain seeks to establish a non-exclusive Framework Agreement for supply to NHS Supply Chain depots via the Stock/Blue Diamond routes and to the NHS Supply Chain customer base via the E-Direct Route.
Details of the NHS Supply Chain routes to market can be found in Appendix 4b Operational Suppliers Requirements.
The Framework Agreement is for the supply of needle free connectors and connection systems/access devices intended to provide direct infusion of fluids or administration of medication to a patient.
It is anticipated that in the first 24 months of the Framework Agreement the value of purchases will be circa 61 500 000 GBP however this is approximate only. The figures for the total estimated value are based on that initial expenditure and include a forecast for growth.
II.1.5) Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 129 500 000.00 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:
Various Locations in the UK.
II.2.4) Description of the procurement
Appointment to the Framework Agreement will be made on a line by line basis.
NHS Supply Chain anticipates appointing all applicants who meet the minimum requirements which are set out in these tender documents and whose total score meets or exceeds a hurdle of 50 % at tender evaluation stage to the relevant line of the Framework Agreement.
II.2.5) Award criteria
Quality criterion: Clinical properties
/ Weighting: 30
Quality criterion: Conversion assistance
/ Weighting: 5
Quality criterion: Training and education value add programmes
/ Weighting: 5
Cost criterion: Financial
/ Weighting: 60
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:
II.2.11) Information about options
Description of options:
The Framework Agreement will have an initial term of 24 months with an option to extend incrementally for up to a total period of 48 months.
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.1.1) 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.2.4) of this Contract Notice for further details in respect of appointment to the Framework Agreement.
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.
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.1.5), 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 http://procurement.supplychain.nhs.uk/ISS/ 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.1.2) Economic and financial standing
Minimum level(s) of standards required:
Parent company or other guarantees may be required in certain circumstances.
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 one 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.1.1) Type of 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: 18
IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used
Additional information about electronic auction:
Although an electronic auction will not be used to award all or part of the requirements of the Framework Agreement the use of eAuctions may be an option as part of any contracts awarded under the Framework Agreement.
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: 15:00
IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted
IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders
Local time: 09:00
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
Submission of expression of interest and procurement specific information:
This procurement exercise will be conducted on the NHS Supply Chain eTendering portal at http://procurement.supplychain.nhs.uk/ISS/
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 http://procurement.supplychain.nhs.uk/ISS/ 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.
If registration has been completed:
— login with URL http://procurement.supplychain.nhs.uk/ISS/
— 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 SC 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,
— applicants are required to complete all mandatory questions, which can be accessed using the ‘Framework Questionnaire’ tab.
Lot level requirements:
Please note, whilst there are no Lots in this Framework Agreement, ‘Lot’ references are still used within the ISS System.
— 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. There are no documents in the ‘NHS SC Lot Documents’ tab in the ‘Lot Header’ tab for this tender,
— 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