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United Kingdom-Liverpool: Data services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Crown Commercial Service is setting up a Dynamic Purchasing System for the supply of artificial intelligence services. Crown Commercial Service is inviting suppliers to request to participate in the Artificial Intelligence DPS.
This DPS offers a simple route to purchase artificial intelligence services in the public sector, allowing customers to access a wide range of competition in an emerging market.
If you are successfully appointed to the DPS following your submission you will be invited by customers (buyers) to submit tenders for relevant services through a call for competition. This DPS remains open for any supplier to request to participate throughout the duration of the DPS. CCS reserves the right to reduce, extend or terminate the DPS period at any time during its lifetime in accordance with the terms set out in the DPS contract.
The services offered under this DPS will support customers to scope the problem or project, understand how to solve problems using AI to maximise value and increase efficiency of processes. Experienced customers are able to purchase licencing, customisation and support directly from suppliers on this DPS. Customers will also be able to access end-to-end partnerships.
Initial term of 18 months with the option to extend for two 12-month periods.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Suppliers will be assessed on their response to the selection criteria in their request to participate for a place on the RM6200 – Artificial Intelligence DPS Agreement. The procurement bid pack and registration details can be accessed via the following URL address: https://supplierregistration.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/dps
And clicking on the Technology link.
Please read the DPS needs document first for a full overview of the procurement process and read the instructions carefully. To register for the RM6200 Artificial Intelligence DPS Agreement please select the ‘Access as a Supplier’ link which can be located at the URL address above. An example of how to register for the DPS platform can be found at the following YouTube generic guide
Please note that to register you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. The procurement will be managed electronically via CCS. The value provided in section II.1.5) is only an estimate. We cannot guarantee to suppliers any business through this DPS Agreement. This procurement offering does not guarantee any minimum spend and there will be no form of exclusivity or volume guarantee under this DPS. As part of this contract notice the bid pack and the following documents can be accessed at the link provided below:
1) contract notice authorised customer list;
2) rights reserved for CCS DPS Agreement.
As part of this contract notice the following documents can be accessed at https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/6fe066ea-27be-4b15-b1f4-6df76d2fa776
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The value provided in section II.1.5) is only an estimate. The authority cannot guarantee to suppliers any business through this DPS Agreement. The authority expressly reserves the right:
(i) not to award any DPS Agreement as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and
(ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition and in no circumstances will the customer be liable for any costs incurred by the suppliers;
(iii) to make changes to the management charge applicable to this DPS in relation to both the percentage charged and the methodology used.
We consider that the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (‘TUPE’) may apply at the call for competition.
It is the suppliers responsibility to take your own advice and consider whether TUPE is likely to apply in the particular circumstances of the contract and to act accordingly.
On 2 April 2014 Government introduced its Government Security Classifications (GSC) scheme which replaced Government Protective Marking Scheme (GPMS). A key aspect is the reduction in the number of security classifications used. All bidders should make themselves aware of the changes as it may impact on this requirement. The link below to Gov.uk provides information on the GSC at:
Cyber essentials is a mandatory requirement for central government contracts which involve handling personal information or provide certain ICT products/services. Government is taking steps to reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the cyber essentials scheme. The scheme defines a set of controls which, when implemented, will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet. To participate in this procurement, bidders must be able to demonstrate they comply with the technical requirements prescribed by cyber essentials, for services under and in connection with this procurement.