Services - 399352-2017

10/10/2017    S194    - - Services - Contract notice - Open procedure 

United Kingdom-Manchester: Research and development services and related consultancy services

2017/S 194-399352

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Level 1A City Tower Piccadilly Plaza
M1 4BD Manchester
United Kingdom
Telephone: +49 1618703198
E-mail: irene.walker@nice.org.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.nice.org.uk/

Further information can be obtained from: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Level 1A, City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza
M1 4BD Manchester
United Kingdom
Telephone: +49 1618703198
E-mail: irene.walker@nice.org.uk
Internet address: http://www.nice.org.uk/

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Contracts Finder
Level 1, City Tower, Piccadilly Gardens
M1 4BT Manchester
United Kingdom
Internet address: https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Level 1A, City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza
M1 4BD Manchester
United Kingdom
Telephone: +49 1618703198
E-mail: irene.walker@nice.org.uk
Internet address: http://www.nice.org.uk/

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Health
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
NICE External Assessment Centre Framework.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Greater Manchester.

NUTS code UKD3

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 7

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 33

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 and 6 000 000 GBP
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
NICE is seeking to commission external assessment centres (EACs) which will provide a range of health technology assessment services to support its technology evaluation programmes and related activities. Suppliers must be able to provide all services within a Lot and suppliers can bid for 1 or more Lots.
NICE will consider bids from multidisciplinary centres with knowledge and expertise in health technology assessment, enhanced for Lots 1, 2 and 3 by a demonstrably close association with frontline clinical services in areas related to medical technologies such as imaging or in vitro diagnostics. Suppliers intending to provide services in Lot 4 will have significant expertise and experience of advanced HTA methods, and be able to provide the service in relation to pharmaceuticals, medical and diagnostic technologies and related products.
NICE will consider proposals from consortia or networks of organisations meeting the selection criteria and encourages potential suppliers to explore collaborations that will result in the offer of a comprehensive range of services.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
NICE commissions EACs to support its technology evaluation programmes in the following key areas and tasks, which are more fully described in specification documents specific to each Lot:
Lot 1 — Secondary data analysis
Including: critical appraisal of submitted evidence to support the development of NICE outputs; evidence synthesis; de novo economic modelling and critiquing and revising existing models; updating information and evidence on technologies to support guidance review; preparation of evidence summaries on new and novel technologies; systematic review and meta-analysis to support NICE's assessment of the safety and efficacy of new interventional procedures involving medical devices; market intelligence analysis; supporting identification, topic selection and scoping of medtech products, including topics identified by non-commercial sponsors, where a NICE output could be of benefit.
Lot 2 — Primary data generation and analysis
Including: protocol development for promising technologies where the available evidence is insufficient to recommend routine adoption; pragmatic facilitation of collaborative research acting as the academic lead and research sponsor where needed, on clinical, laboratory, and methodological projects investigating the clinical utility of specific healthcare technologies; real-world evidence collection activities including establishing patient registries, analysing register data, and similar schemes; the specification, compilation, validation and analysis of datasets including linkage with other ‘real-life’ data sources. This may include analysis of data protection/information governance and preparation of paperwork as required. The EAC may be required to manage a third party to undertake data collection and analysis, developing the contractual paperwork and holding the budget for the work as necessary. This may include advice on research governance and ethics support.
Lot 3 — Technical and regulatory support
Including: technical assessment of CE marked medical devices to inform effective use, and to support NICE's adoption advice; technical supplements on products in published NICE guidance; ad hoc technical advice; regulatory analysis including identification of CE marked devices used within new or novel interventional procedures.
Lot 4 — Decision support
Including: providing technical support to evaluation programmes; advanced methodological development for all types of health technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical and diagnostic technologies and related products; providing educational support; providing advanced methodological, analytical and other ad hoc support to NICE and its independent advisory bodies on the assessment of medicines and medical technologies; providing quality assurance of economic models and other EAC outputs.
The following sections list the general approach NICE takes to the work carried out by the EACs, followed by details of work packages issued under each Lot and specific details of the modules of work generally included in standard work packages.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 and 6 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
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)
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 33 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Lot 1 — Secondary data analysis
1)Short description
Including: critical appraisal of submitted evidence to support the development of NICE outputs; evidence synthesis; de novo economic modelling and critiquing and revising existing models; updating information and evidence on technologies to support guidance review; preparation of evidence summaries on new and novel technologies; systematic review and meta-analysis to support NICE's assessment of the safety and efficacy of new interventional procedures involving medical devices; market intelligence analysis; supporting identification, topic selection and scoping of medtech products, including topics identified by non-commercial sponsors, where a NICE output could be of benefit.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000

3)Quantity or scope
As described in the tender documents.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 and 1 075 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
As described in the tender documents.
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Lot 2 — Primary data generation and analysis
1)Short description
Including: protocol development for promising technologies where the available evidence is insufficient to recommend routine adoption; pragmatic facilitation of collaborative research acting as the academic lead and research sponsor where needed, on clinical, laboratory, and methodological projects investigating the clinical utility of specific healthcare technologies; real-world evidence collection activities including establishing patient registries, analysing register data, and similar schemes; the specification, compilation, validation and analysis of datasets including linkage with other ‘real-life’ data sources. This may include analysis of data protection/information governance and preparation of paperwork as required. The EAC may be required to manage a third party to undertake data collection and analysis, developing the contractual paperwork and holding the budget for the work as necessary. This may include advice on research governance and ethics support.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000

3)Quantity or scope
As described in the tender documents.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 and 2 227 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
As described in the tender documents.
Lot No: 3 Lot title: Lot 3 — Technical and regulatory support
1)Short description
Including: technical assessment of CE marked medical devices to inform effective use, and to support NICE's adoption advice; technical supplements on products in published NICE guidance; ad hoc technical advice; regulatory analysis including identification of CE marked devices used within new or novel interventional procedures.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000

3)Quantity or scope
As described in the tender documents.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 and 142 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
As described in the tender documents.
Lot No: 4 Lot title: Lot 4 — Decision support
1)Short description
Including: providing technical support to evaluation programmes; advanced methodological development for all types of health technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical and diagnostic technologies and related products; providing educational support; providing advanced methodological, analytical and other ad hoc support to NICE and its independent advisory bodies on the assessment of medicines and medical technologies; providing quality assurance of economic models and other EAC outputs.
The following sections list the general approach NICE takes to the work carried out by the EACs, followed by details of work packages issued under each Lot and specific details of the modules of work generally included in standard work packages.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000

3)Quantity or scope
As described in the tender documents.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 and 596 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
As described in the tender documents.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
As described in the Invitation to Tender documents.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
As described in the Invitation to Tender documents.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As described in the Invitation to Tender documents.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As described in the Invitation to Tender documents.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As described in the Invitation to Tender documents.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
NICE EACF 2018-2021
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2017/S 064-121423 of 31.3.2017

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
20.11.2017 - 17:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

The full tender documents are available to download direct from https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: NICE will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day stand still period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenders. This Period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be requested from the contracting authority named in section l.1. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI2006 No 5.) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales EN Standard form 02 — Contract notice 12 / 16 and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months). Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may only award damages.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
6.10.2017