Services - 421138-2019

06/09/2019    S172    Services - Contract notice - Open procedure 

Norway-Bergen: Accounting, auditing and fiscal services

2019/S 172-421138

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Norce Norwegian Research Centre AS
National registration number: 919408049
Postal address: Postboks 22 Nygårdstangen
Town: Bergen
NUTS code: NO
Postal code: 5838
Country: Norway
Contact person: Ane Iversen

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
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
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Other type: Research Institute
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Research

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Auditing Services for NORCE

Reference number: 19/0010
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS (NORCE) is a new and future-orientated research institute with a broad professional range and expertise. We delivery research and innovation within energy, health, climate, environment, society and technology. Our solutions answer central social challenges and contribute to creating value locally, nationally and globally.

NORCE was established in 2017, and in 2018 the following research institutes merged with NORCE:

— Agderforskning AS,

— Christian Michelsen Research AS,

— International Research Institute of Stavanger AS,

— Uni Research AS and Teknova AS.

NORUT Northern Research Institute AS merged with NORCE in April 2019. Uni Research Polytec AS is expected to merge with NORCE in November 2019.

NORCE has their main office in Bergen, and activities in Tromsø, Stavanger, Haugesund, Kristiansand, Grimstad and Oslo. The group has approx. 1,000 employees and more than 1,500 ongoing projects at any given time.

See for further information on NORCE.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 14 000 000.00 NOK
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: NO
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

NORCE needs to enter into a framework agreement for auditing services.

NORCE has owner interest in numerous companies. The following Norwegian majority owned limited branches and daughter companies must be included in the tender contest:

— NORCE Innovation AS, Hole in One Producer AS,

— Gender Guide AS,

— Traction Tool AS,

— Biosentrum AS,

— Risavika Bio-Manufacturing AS,

— Tecom AS,

— Indikel AS,

— Offshore Sensing AS,

— Prototech AS,

— Clean Power AS,

— Gexcon AS,

— Gexcon Certification AS,

— Nasjonalt utviklingssenter for barn og unge AS,

— Nordisk Institutt for Odontologiske Materialer AS,

— Nasjonalt kunnskapssenter om vold og traumatisk stress AS,

— Barents Biocentre AS, and

— IRIS Software AS.

The objective of the call for tenders is to enter into a framework agreement for companies included in the NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS, including the above specified branches and daughter companies' total requirements for statutory financial audit in accordance with the Auditor Act's §2-1. The NORCE group accounts must also be audited. The audit must comply with all requirements given in the Norwegian laws, regulations and good audit practise. The auditing services must apply from and including the fiscal year 2019. The contract period is three (3) years with a planned commencement on 15.11.2019. Option for one (1) year extension.

The estimated contract value is approx. 3 500 000 NOK per annum. This is a non-binding estimate in accordance with the contracting authority's current company structure and best judgement. The actual value may be higher or lower than the stated estimate.

A detailed description of the delivery is in Appendix 1 of the contract.

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: 14 000 000.00 NOK
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Option for 1 year extension.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Option for 1 year extension.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
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

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 11/10/2019
Local time: 12:00
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
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 11/10/2019
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: KOFA
Town: Bergen
Country: Norway
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: