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Supplies - 355937-2020

28/07/2020    S144

United Kingdom-London: Pharmaceutical products

2020/S 144-355937

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Department of Health and Social Care
Postal address: 39 Victoria Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI32 Westminster
Postal code: SW1H 0EU
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: John Cook
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
I.2)Information about 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 the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
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
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Supply of Supportive Medicines for a UK Stockpile of Medicines for Covid-19 Preparedness

Reference number: CM/EMI/20/1101
II.1.2)Main CPV code
33600000 Pharmaceutical products
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The Contracting Authority seeks to establish multiple contracts for the supply of pharmaceutical products for a UK stockpile of medicines for Covid-19 preparedness. The Department of Health and Social Care are managing the procurement on behalf of Public Health England.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 96 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Department of Health and Social Care intend to run a procurement exercise to source pharmaceutical products for a UK stockpile of medicines for Covid-19 preparedness. The stockpile will intensive treatment unit medicines, end of life care and antibiotics. The UK stockpile tender exercise will be performed through the online application Atamis Procurement software. The UK tender is following an open accelerated procedure with a 15 day completion time frame. The contractual period is proposed for 12 months with the option to extend annually for 2 further years. The UK tender is a stockpile tender where it is proposed that 46 products in 53 presentations will be tendered as 46 lots and to be purchased by Public Health England on behalf of DHSC. Full evaluation criteria is detailed within the ITT documentation - failure to return requested information may result in bid commissions being rejected as non-compliant.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 96 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 01/09/2020
End: 31/08/2021
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

The contracts shall have the option to be extended by up to 2 - 12 month periods. Volume of products to be procured during the any extension periods may be up to 50 % subject to the agreement of the supplier.

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

Details of the volumes required will be provided within the tender documents.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
List and brief description of selection criteria:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of selection criteria:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
Accelerated procedure

The Covid-19 outbreak has given rise to an urgent need for the Authority to create a stockpile of medicines suitable for use in the Intensive Treatment Unit and End of Life environments because the Authority needs to be in a position to treat the population as required in case the Covid-19 outbreak escalates suddenly. This does not give the Authority sufficient time to comply with the standard open procedure time scales for this procurement. The authority considers this to be a state of urgency which it has duly substantiated. Accordingly, the authority is using the accelerated time limits permitted under the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (Regulation 27(5) for the open procedure) in respect of this procurement.

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 10/08/2020
Local time: 17:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Tender must be valid until: 31/12/2020
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 10/08/2020
Local time: 17:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.3)Additional information:

Responding to this notice: suppliers who do not respond to this procurement exercise in the following manner may be disqualified from the procurement process provided that the following conditions will operate in addition to and not replace any other conditions stated in the procurement documents which may result in disqualification.

1) Submission of expression of interest and procurement specific information. This procurement exercise will be conducted on the eTendering portal at https: // Candidates wishing to be considered for this procurement exercise must register and provide additional procurement specific information (if requested), through the eTendering portal as follows:

1.1) If not already registered, candidates should register on the eTendering portal at and click the link to register: — ‘accept the terms and conditions’; — enter your correct business details; — click ‘Submit’ when complete; — you will shortly receive an email from the Salesforce platform asking you to finalise your registration.

1.2) Once registered, candidates must express interest as follows:

(a) login to the eTendering portal;

(b) select ‘Find Opportunities’;

(c) select the opportunity that you are interested in;

(d) ‘Register interest’;

(e) select ‘confirm’;

(f) once you have expressed interest, it will move to ‘My Proposals and Quotes’, where you can download additional documentation (if required) and construct your reply as instructed. You must then publish your reply using the ‘Publish’ button.

1.3) For any support in registering on the portal or submitting your expression of interest please contact the Atamis Help-desk at +44 800 9956035 or

2) General supplier information. To manage and assess supplier information the contracting authority requests candidates provide their company profile in the Governments supplier information database, supplier registration, as follows:

2.1) If not already registered, candidates must go to the following web page and select ‘Register’ at the top right of the page. Key in details as requested to search for your company. If you do not have a D-U-N-S® Number, click on the link at the right of the page to obtain a number from D&B. Candidates must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) D-U-N-S® Number to enable registration on Supplier Registration.

2.2) Once registration is complete you are able to create and update your registered company profile. Candidates should ensure all the mandatory fields of their sid4gov profile are completed and up to date for each procurement exercise. D&B data will be supplied automatically by D&B.

2.3) For further help or information concerning supplier registration, please contact the Helpdesk at: or telephone +44(0)1614137982. Documentation availability candidates are advised that the contracting authority has taken measures to protect confidential information contained within the full suite of procurement documents by restricting access to those documents. The contracting authority will only provide access to the full suite of procurement documents to candidates who satisfy the selection criteria and complete the non-disclosure agreement provided via Atamis eTendering portal in accordance with the instructions provided by the contracting authority. The contract(s) is for the benefit of the contracting authority and NHS bodies along with any other non-NHS bodies which are necessary for the delivery of services or goods to NHS bodies, local authorities, other government departments or non-departmental public bodies charged with the delivery of healthcare or health related services in the United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories including, without limitation, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly and Scottish Ministers.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: The High Court
Postal address: Strand
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 2LL
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address:
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: