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Servizi - 381672-2021

27/07/2021    S143

Regno Unito-Londra: Servizi connessi allo sport

2021/S 143-381672

Avviso di aggiudicazione di appalto

Risultati della procedura di appalto

Servizi

Base giuridica:
Direttiva 2014/24/UE

Sezione I: Amministrazione aggiudicatrice

I.1)Denominazione e indirizzi
Denominazione ufficiale: UK Anti-Doping
Numero di identificazione nazionale: 6990867
Indirizzo postale: Fleetbank House, 2-6 Salisbury Square
Città: London
Codice NUTS: UKI31 Camden and City of London
Codice postale: EC4Y 8AE
Paese: Regno Unito
Persona di contatto: Philip Bunt
E-mail: philip.bunt@ukad.org.uk
Tel.: +44 2078423489
Indirizzi Internet:
Indirizzo principale: www.ukad.org.uk
I.4)Tipo di amministrazione aggiudicatrice
Organismo di diritto pubblico
I.5)Principali settori di attività
Servizi ricreativi, cultura e religione

Sezione II: Oggetto

II.1)Entità dell'appalto
II.1.1)Denominazione:

Laboratory Testing – UK Athlete Blood and Urine Testing

Numero di riferimento: 2020/S 247-615593
II.1.2)Codice CPV principale
92620000 Servizi connessi allo sport
II.1.3)Tipo di appalto
Servizi
II.1.4)Breve descrizione:

United Kingdom Anti-Doping Ltd (UKAD) is a non-departmental public body accountable to Parliament through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. UKAD is the UK National Anti-Doping Organisation and provides testing services as well as case management, anti-doping intelligence and education services. UKAD requires the services of a laboratory to analyse UK athletes’ urine and blood samples in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code. After conducting further consultation with the market, UKAD believed that only one entity could fulfil UKAD’s requirements in relation to this contract, the King’s College London Drug Control Centre (DCC). To that end, UKAD entered into a negotiation with DCC pursuant to regulation 32(2)(b)(ii) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

II.1.6)Informazioni relative ai lotti
Questo appalto è suddiviso in lotti: no
II.1.7)Valore totale dell’appalto (IVA esclusa)
Valore, IVA esclusa: 12 000 000.00 GBP
II.2)Descrizione
II.2.2)Codici CPV supplementari
71600000 Servizi di prova tecnica, analisi e consulenza
71610000 Servizi di prova e analisi della composizione e della purezza
71900000 Servizi di laboratorio
73111000 Servizi di laboratorio di ricerca
II.2.3)Luogo di esecuzione
Codice NUTS: UKI London
Luogo principale di esecuzione:

London.

II.2.4)Descrizione dell'appalto:

UKAD is an active participant in the global fight against doping in sport and is the national body responsible for creating a UK-wide environment of confidence in clean sport. In the UK, UKAD ensures that sports bodies comply with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.

A significant part of ensuring such compliance is the implementation of a robust testing regime. Since 2009, UKAD has outsourced its blood and urine testing requirements in respect of professional athletes to the King’s College London Drug Control Centre (DCC), the only laboratory in the UK which holds a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accreditation. This arrangement expired in March 2021 and therefore UKAD wished to finalise its arrangements in respect of the next iteration of this contract.

In terms of the scope of the new contract, this is made up of an initial duration of 3 years, followed by the option to renew the contract for a further three one-year extensions. In terms of contract value, UKAD estimated that this will be approximately GBP 2 000 000 per year. In light of the fact that:

(i) a laboratory utilised to perform such testing must hold a WADA accreditation (as stipulated by WADA). In the event that UKAD had undertaken an open competition, candidates would have been required to self-certify that if identified as the successful bidder, the laboratory from which the services would be performed (a laboratory which must be based within the UK as explained below) would have in place a current WADA accreditation at contract award. UKAD understood that securing accreditation can be prohibitively expensive when compared against the contract value and further, that the process can take as long as 2 years to complete. This would not have left sufficient time for a non-accredited supplier to mobilise between contract award and commencement of the services; and

(ii) such laboratory would have needed to be located in the UK to ensure that tests could be transported quickly from the site at which the sample is taken from the athlete to the laboratory (to avoid degradation of the sample), UKAD’s view was that no other entity, other than DCC, could fulfil the contract requirements. To that end, UKAD utilised the negotiated procedure without prior publication of a contract notice to agree arrangements with DCC for the next iteration of the contract, in accordance with regulation 32(2)(b)(ii) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCRs) (i.e. competition is absent for technical reasons).

For reference, prior to commencing the procedure described above, UKAD published a prior information notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (reference: 2020/S 247-615593) to establish whether any alternative/viable suppliers exist. UKAD also published a Voluntary ex ante transparency notice in the Official Journal of the European Union under the same reference. As a result of those exercises, UKAD was confident it had established that only DCC could fulfil the contract requirements.

UKAD set out its further analysis in the notices, so that readers had a fuller understanding of why UKAD believed that the circumstances justified use of the negotiated procedure without prior publication of a contract notice.

II.2.5)Criteri di aggiudicazione
Prezzo
II.2.11)Informazioni relative alle opzioni
Opzioni: no
II.2.13)Informazioni relative ai fondi dell'Unione europea
L'appalto è connesso ad un progetto e/o programma finanziato da fondi dell'Unione europea: no
II.2.14)Informazioni complementari

As described in Section II.2.4) above, UKAD believed that in respect of this opportunity, competition is absent for technical reasons, as:

WADA accreditation would be a pre-requisite.

The services must be performed within the UK – UKAD was aware that there are other suppliers outside of the UK which provide similar services to DCC and whose laboratories hold WADA accreditation. However, due to the

Sezione IV: Procedura

IV.1)Descrizione
IV.1.1)Tipo di procedura
Aggiudicazione di un appalto senza previa pubblicazione di un avviso di indizione di gara nella Gazzetta ufficiale dell'Unione europea nei casi elencati di seguito
  • I lavori, le forniture o i servizi possono essere forniti unicamente da un determinato operatore economico per una delle seguenti ragioni:
    • la concorrenza è assente per motivi tecnici
Spiegazione:

UKAD believed that in respect of this opportunity, competition is absent for technical reasons, as:

WADA accreditation would be a pre-requisite.

The services must be performed within the UK – UKAD was aware that there are other suppliers outside of the UK which provide similar services to DCC and whose laboratories hold WADA accreditation. However, due to the timescales involved in transporting blood samples to a laboratory outside of the UK (which essentially spoil after a period of 48 hours), UKAD believed it would be impossible to work with such suppliers in practice. This was a particular concern post 1 January 2021, where it appeared very likely that delays at the UK border could result in the degradation of blood samples. Such samples can also be taken at various locations within the UK, not all of which are within easy access to a port. If a sample was analysed after the expiry of the minimum timescales stipulated by WADA, this could have resulted in UKAD being unable to prosecute an athlete notwithstanding the fact that there were indications that they may have utilised performance enhancing drugs. It seemed likely therefore that a non-UK based supplier, interested in this opportunity, would have been required to establish a laboratory within the UK and obtain a separate WADA accreditation in respect of that laboratory to perform the contract. For the reasons stated above, UKAD believed that it would not have been commercially viable, or possible within the timescales, for a non-UK based supplier to adopt this approach.

Separation of blood samples and urine samples: while the timescales related to analysing urine samples are much more flexible, UKAD would not have been able to separately award contracts for blood sample analysis and urine sample analysis. This was because in order to receive WADA accreditation, a laboratory must undertake a programme which analyses at least 3 000 samples per year. If a laboratory analysed only one type of sample (e.g. blood samples), the quantity would not be sufficient to meet the minimum 3 000 samples required. While there may be certain periods when the laboratory may have been testing a high number of blood samples which may exceed 3 000, this would have constituted an exceptional scenario. Therefore, UKAD would not have been able to guarantee a minimum sample volume would be processed through the supplier’s (UK) laboratory, in order for that laboratory to retain its WADA accreditation. As a result, dividing the contract into two separate contracts (i.e. one contract to process blood samples and another contract to process urine samples) did not present a viable option for UKAD.

In terms of the consequences of utilising a laboratory which was not accredited by WADA, or the WADA accreditation was withdrawn, this would have invalidated the UK's testing programme and it is highly likely that the UK would not have been in a position to host international sporting events which in turn, would have given rise to significant economic and political consequences.

IV.1.3)Informazioni su un accordo quadro o un sistema dinamico di acquisizione
IV.1.8)Informazioni relative all'accordo sugli appalti pubblici (AAP)
L'appalto è disciplinato dall'accordo sugli appalti pubblici: no
IV.2)Informazioni di carattere amministrativo
IV.2.1)Pubblicazione precedente relativa alla stessa procedura
Numero dell'avviso nella GU S: 2020/S 247-615593
IV.2.8)Informazioni relative alla chiusura del sistema dinamico di acquisizione
IV.2.9)Informazioni relative alla fine della validità dell'avviso di indizione di gara in forma di avviso di preinformazione

Sezione V: Aggiudicazione di appalto

Denominazione:

Laboratory Testing – UK Athlete Blood and Urine Testing

Un contratto d'appalto/lotto è stato aggiudicato: sì
V.2)Aggiudicazione di appalto
V.2.1)Data di conclusione del contratto d'appalto:
08/07/2021
V.2.2)Informazioni sulle offerte
Numero di offerte pervenute: 1
L'appalto è stato aggiudicato a un raggruppamento di operatori economici: no
V.2.3)Nome e indirizzo del contraente
Denominazione ufficiale: Drug Control Centre, King's College London
Città: London
Codice NUTS: UKI London
Codice postale: SE1 9NH
Paese: Regno Unito
Il contraente è una PMI: no
V.2.4)Informazione sul valore del contratto d'appalto /lotto (IVA esclusa)
Valore totale del contratto d'appalto/del lotto: 12 000 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Informazioni sui subappalti

Sezione VI: Altre informazioni

VI.3)Informazioni complementari:
VI.4)Procedure di ricorso
VI.4.1)Organismo responsabile delle procedure di ricorso
Denominazione ufficiale: High Court of England and Wales
Città: London
Codice postale: WC2A 2LL
Paese: Regno Unito
Tel.: +44 2079477882
Indirizzo Internet: http://www.justice.gov.uk
VI.4.2)Organismo responsabile delle procedure di mediazione
Denominazione ufficiale: High Court of England and Wales
Città: London
Codice postale: WC2A 2LL
Paese: Regno Unito
Tel.: +44 2079477882
Indirizzo Internet: http://www.justice.gov.uk
VI.5)Data di spedizione del presente avviso:
22/07/2021