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United Kingdom-London: Medical equipments
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Operating Microscopes and Associated Accessories
NHS Supply Chain intends to launch a National Framework Agreement for the provision of operating microscopes, for both theatre and outpatient environments including all variations specified for use in a medical setting excluding pathology and laboratory microscopes. Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of 10 000 000 GBP in the first year of this Framework Agreement, however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the Framework Agreement. The estimated value over the total Framework Agreement term (including any extension options) is 50 000 000 GBP, including growth.
Various Locations in the UK.
NHS Supply Chain intends to launch a National Framework Agreement for the provision of operating microscopes, for both theatre and outpatient environments including all variations specified for use in a medical setting excluding pathology and laboratory microscopes.
NHS Supply Chain is currently considering the use of lots. However NHS Supply Chain reserves the right not to as part of any future tender process. Further information in respect of the lot strategy will be set out in the notice for the forthcoming procurement.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The following certification will be a requirement of the upcoming tender exercise and Applicants may be required to include evidence of this with their tender submission.
ISO 9001:2015 or equivalent externally accredited and up-to-date quality standard certificate(s) to cover all segments of the applicant's (and the product's) supply chain. This should include but not be limited to manufacturing storage and distribution. Further information in respect of certification requirements will be set out in the notice for the forthcoming procurement. If such certificates are not in the name of the applicant then the applicant must supply a copy of agreements setting out the authority and responsibilities of all parties in the supply chain.
The purpose of this notice is to draw attention to a procurement that NHS Supply Chain intends to commence during the subsequent 12 months. The invitation to tender will be the subject of a separate notice and it is that notice to which potential suppliers will need to respond at the appropriate time.
The Framework Agreement between NHS Supply Chain and successful suppliers will reserve the right to purchase the same or similar supplies and/or services from suppliers not appointed to the Framework Agreement at its sole discretion.
Whilst it is anticipated that initial (first year) expenditure under any forthcoming procurement will be in the region of 10 000 000 GBP for this contract award. This value is an approximate value only and the values will be to such level as those purchasing under the Framework Agreement consider necessary to provide suitable requirements.
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/bulk buy initiatives.
The Framework Agreement will be between NHS Supply Chain and the Supplier, however:
1) NHS Supply Chain;
2) Any NHS Trust;
3) Any other NHS entity;
4) Any government department, agency or other statutory body; and/or
5) Any private sector entity active in the UK healthcare sector will be able to enter into a direct contract with the supplier for any of the supplies and/or services under the framework.
The supplier will be required to report to and pay a direct contract management fee to NHS Supply Chain as detailed in the tender documents.
As part of its pre-tender strategy, NHS Supply Chain would also like to engage with suppliers of these products via a Request for Information (RFI). If you would like to complete the request for information document in respect of the products which are the subject of this procurement then please follow the below instructions.
Candidates wishing to complete the Request for Information must register their expression of interest. The request for information document will then be sent via the Intenda Messaging Centre.
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 and select ‘Prior Information Notice’ towards the top right of the screen to open the list of new Prior Information Notices.
Expression of interest:
— view PIN 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.
Request for information document:
— the request for information document will then be sent to you via the Intenda Messaging Centre,
— applicants will then have 3 weeks from the dispatch of this notice to complete and return the request for information document.