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19/12/2015    S246

United Kingdom-London: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2015/S 246-447405

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Official name: British Council
Postal address: 10 Spring Gardens
Town: London
Postal code: SW1A 2BN
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: Dan Elsworth

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Other: registered charity
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
E-assessment Platform for the British Council 2016.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 7: Computer and related services


II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The British Council are looking for a flexible and robust e-assessment platform to deliver their current and future testing needs across the globe.
The organisation has been involved in the field of English language testing for 65 years, working with a number of UK partners to develop and deliver testing products. The British Council launched its first wholly owned computer-based assessment product, Aptis, in August 2012, which has since been followed by a number of variants for different audience segments. The British Council also has a variant developed in partnership with another organisation, and plans further partnerships of this type. In addition, the British Council has developed other CB assessment products and plans to expand their assessment business by developing the product portfolio further and increasing the number of markets in which their tests are available. Partnership is key to that expansion and the British Council would like to offer services in test publishing and CB delivery to UK organisations with whom it already works in a pen and paper capacity and other new partners.
This expansion needs to be underpinned by robust quality assurance, and the need to have a test platform that supports them in demonstrating the statistical validity and reliability of their products.
The British Council are currently delivering in the range of 300 000 computer based tests a year in approximately 90 countries across the globe and aim to be delivering up to 600 000.
The British Council is looking as looking for solutions that can support its paper-based testing.
More information about the solution is available on their website:


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:
If you would like to register interest in this project, please register on our e-terndering portal In-Tend hosted at

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
The British Council would like to undertake an engagement exercise with interested parties as part of this PIN to determine the availability of suitable solutions in the market and understand better supplier capability.
If you would like to express an interest for the engagement please send a correspondence on our e-tendering portal In-Tend hosted at by Friday 29.1.2016.

VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: