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United Kingdom-London: Protective and safety clothing
Contract award notice
Results of the procurement procedure
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Supply of FFP3 Respirators
Contract for the manufacture of FFP3 respirators to meet the urgent demand for PPE across the NHS and public sector as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Section IV: Procedure
1) The Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is a serious infectious respiratory disease and its consequences pose a risk to life. The Covid-19 outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concerns as declared by the World Health Organisation on 30 January 2020. The WHO Director General characterised Covid-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020, by this stage Europe was the centre of the pandemic.
2) The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical in safeguarding the health and lives of the care professionals treating patients with Covid-19. Delays in procuring the PPE poses a risk to life of those on the front line and the likelihood of significantly increased death toll.
3) In March the NHS experienced severe shortages of PPE, modelling based the trajectory of other European countries forecast the need for significant and extremely rapid increase in the UK PPE capacity. Similar shortfalls in PPE stocks was identified globally. Pressure to increase manufacturing capacity of PPE was immense, requiring the UK government to actively seek and create new supply chains rapidly to meet that demand. In these circumstances, a procurement following the usual timescales under the PCR 2015, including accelerated options, was impossible. PPE manufacturers and supply chains were under immediate and unprecedented global pressure to provide products. A delay in engaging with the market by running a usual procurement process ran the risk of failing to acquire the necessary stock of PPE equipment and presenting a significant risk to life.
4) The Department for Health and Social Care is satisfied the tests permitting use of the negotiated procedure without prior publication (Regulation 32(2)(c)) are met.
Section V: Award of contract
Section VI: Complementary information