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United Kingdom-Salford: Analysis services
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
UK-Salford: Forensic Analysis Services
HMRC are providing early notification of a requirement to provide forensic science analytical services that will support investigations in all operational areas by providing expert testing/examination and reporting on a variety of exhibits. It will be split into 2 lots: questioned documents analysis services and DNA analysis services.
HMRC's current approach to this contract would be a 2 year contract, with 2 x 1 year optional extensions following that how to register for SAP Ariba: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/602155/SAP_Ariba_Sourcing_Professional_Suppliers_Guide_-_March_2017.pdf
Responses to the questionnaire via HMRC's online portal must be submitted by 24.4.2019.
Lots 1 and 2 may be combined if providers can fulfil requirements of both lots.
Questioned Document Analysis Service
HMRC requires a provider to undertake the forensic examination of documents that may include:
(a) determining authorship of hand writing;
(b) identifying artificial or disguised handwriting;
(c) linking documents to printers, copiers or other methods of reproduction including comparison of ink(s);
(d) identifying alterations to documents;
(e) identifying and interpreting indentations in documents;
(f) reconstructing “shredded” documents.
(g) highlighting, to the Client, other evidence that could be obtained from the document, which may prove or disprove allegations relating to the case.
The estimated value of the contract for Lot 1 is approximately 184 000 GBP.
HMRC requires potential providers to possess BSEN ISO/IEC 17025 certification as required by the Forensic Regulator, accredited by UKAS or a comparable body (formerly NAMAS accredited M10 laboratory standard).
Suppliers need to register on HMRC SAP Ariba portal to answer a questionnaire.
Suppliers will need to register at: http://hmrc.supplier-eu.ariba.com/ad/register/SSOActions?type=full
Once you have registered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org the following:
— AN number,
— contract title in Section II.1.1),
— contact name and details,
— organisation name,
— to access the questionnaire.
DNA Analysis Service
HMRC officers may recover items that could contain DNA traces of suspects or others that need to be eliminated from an investigation.
HMRC requires a provider to:
(a) determine the identification of DNA profiles and provide results for evidential or intelligence purposes;
(b) provide forensic advice to the Client’s case officers on the identification of material that may be suitable for recovery of DNA and how it should be collected and preserved;
(c) undertake the recovery and examination of DNA traces and for the input of DNA profiles to the UK National DNA Database;
(d) compare some traces with the UK NDNAD; the Contractor must already have, or be in a position to acquire, access to the UK NDNAD;
(e) input DNA profiles, where appropriate to the UK NDNAD.
Estimated value of the contract for Lot 2 is 360 000 GBP.
HMRC requires potential providers to possess BSEN ISO/IEC 17025 certification as required by the Forensic Regulator, accredited by UKAS or a comparable body.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
GO Reference: GO-201944-PRO-14761127