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Supplies - 302662-2020

29/06/2020    S123

United Kingdom-Cardiff: Medical consumables

2020/S 123-302662

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership
Postal address: Procurement Department, Woodlands House, 2nd Floor, Maes-Y-Coed Road
Town: Cardiff
NUTS code: UKL22 Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
Postal code: CF14 4HH
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2921836450
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
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

Supply of Type IIR Surgical Masks

II.1.2)Main CPV code
33140000 Medical consumables
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

NWSSP Partnership wish to inform the market that they have awarded a one off contract for the supply of type IIR Surgical Masks on behalf of NHS Wales.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 18 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
33140000 Medical consumables
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

NWSSP Partnership wish to inform the market that due to the Covid-19 global pandemic they have awarded a one off supply contract for type IIR surgical masks.

II.2.5)Award criteria
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
  • The procurement falls outside the scope of application of the directive

Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The Covid-19 pandemic has placed significant pressure on the global supply market in terms of a range of products including type IIR masks, and fluid resistant masks. Covid-19 is transmitted via small airborne droplets emitted by infected people when sneezing, coughing or talking. Therefore, a wide array of protective products designed to ensure protection are used such as face masks. As a consequence of the pace of the virus spread and following Government guidance, surgical masks must be used by all healthcare workings in an inpatient and social care clinical setting. This has significantly increased the day-to-day usage of the surgical masks.

Due to this Government guidance it was essential for NWSSP to purchase a significant quantity of masks to be able to support NHS Wales and Social Care residencies in Wales during this unprecedented time. Following a rapid review of the market conditions and finite supply and demand of the Type IIR masks, NHS Wales required a consistent high quality and quantity pipeline of supply for the NHS as well as for social care and private providers who treat NHS patients within Wales.

To enable this rapid delivery, NWSSP Partnership would like to inform the market that under Regulation 32 (2) (c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR’s) Bunzl UK Ltd were awarded a one off purchase of masks to ensure continued quality supply.

In awarding this contract, the Health Board met all the tests under the PCR’s due to the immediate risk that Covid-19 posed to all NHS and social care personnel. In these exceptional circumstances, there was no time to run an accelerated procedure in line with PCR’s as immediate and continued pipeline of significant quantities was urgently required.

COVID-19 is a global emergency pandemic and the high volume of PPE required was not something that could have been predicted.

IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

Section V: Award of contract/concession

V.2)Award of contract/concession
V.2.1)Date of contract award decision:
V.2.2)Information about tenders
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire
Official name: Bunzl Uk Ltd
Postal address: South Liberty Lane Avonmouth
Town: Bristol
Postal code: BS32TL
Country: United Kingdom
The contractor/concessionaire will be an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot/concession: 18 000 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

Government guidance is that type IIR surgical masks must be used by all healthcare workings in an inpatient clinical setting when:

— working in an inpatient, maternity, radiology area with possible or confirmed case(s) – direct patient care (within 2 metres);

— working in an inpatient area with possible or confirmed case(s) (not within 2 metres);

— working in an emergency department/acute assessment area with possible or confirmed case(s) – direct patient care (within 2 metres);

— all individuals transferring possible or confirmed case(s) (within 2 metres);

— operating theatre with possible or confirmed case(s)3 – no AGPs2;

— labour ward/area – 2nd/3rd stage labour vaginal delivery (no AGPs2) – possible or confirmed case;

— inpatient care to any individuals in the extremely vulnerable group undergoing shielding.

(WA Ref:102508)

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: High Court
Postal address: Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board will allow a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period between notifying the award decision and awarding the contract. Should additional information be required it should be requested of the addressee in section I.1). Aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the procurement rules have the right to take action in the High Court (England and Wales). Any such action is subject to strict time limits in accordance with the Public Contracts (Amendments).

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: