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United Kingdom-Salford: Analysis services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
UK-Salford: Forensic Analysis Services
HMRC are tendering for forensic science analytical services that will support investigations in all operational areas by providing expert testing/examination and reporting on a variety of exhibits. The requirements are for Questioned Documents and DNA Analysis Services.
The authority intends to award a single supplier contract for the provision of forensic analysis service. The service consists of 2 elements:
1) HMRC requires a provider to undertake the forensic examination of documents that may include:
(a) determining authorship of hand writing;
(b) identifying artificial or disguised handwriting;
(c) linking documents to printers, copiers or other methods of reproduction including comparison of ink(s);
(d) identifying alterations to documents;
(e) identifying and interpreting indentations in documents;
(f) reconstructing ‘shredded’ documents;
(g) highlighting, to the authority, other evidence that could be obtained from the document, which may prove or disprove allegations relating to the case.
2) HMRC officers may recover items that could contain DNA traces of suspects or others that need to be eliminated from an investigation HMRC requires a provider to:
(a) determine the identification of DNA profiles and provide results for evidential or intelligence purposes;
(b) provide forensic advice to the Authority’s case officers on the identification of material that may be suitable for recovery of DNA and how it shall be collected and preserved;
(c) undertake the recovery and examination of DNA traces and for the input of DNA profiles to the UK National DNA Database (NDNAD);
(d) compare some traces with the UK NDNAD; the supplier must already have, or be in a position to acquire, access to the UK NDNAD;
(e) input DNA profiles, where appropriate to the UK NDNAD;
(f) carry out other forensic techniques on an Ad-hoc basis that may be required.
HMRC requires potential providers to possess BSEN ISO/IEC 17025 certification as required by the forensic regulator, accredited by UKAS or a comparable body.
The contract will be for a period of 2 + 1 + 1 years (24 + 12 + 12 months). There will be the option extend by 12 months after the initial 24 month term, and a further option to extend by 12 months, after the initial 12-month extension.
Suppliers need to register on HMRC SAP Ariba portal.
Suppliers will need to register at: http://hmrc.supplier-eu.ariba.com/ad/register/SSOActions?type=full
Once you have registered, please email Bhavina.email@example.com the following:
— AN number,
— contract title in Section II.1.1),
— contact name and details,
— organisation name,
— to access the event.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Full details regarding legal, economic, financial and technical information to be provided at the tender stage will be detailed in the tender documentation. Potential tenderers should be aware, however, that they may be required to forward the following information:
(a) a copy of the most recent audited accounts covering the tenderer’s last 2 years of trading (or for the period that is available if trading for less than 3 years); or
(b) for the most recent full year of trading, where this information is not available in audited form, a copy of the draft or unaudited financial accounts or equivalent information showing the tenderer’s turnover, profit and loss and cash flow position and an end period balance sheet or, where this cannot be provided, a statement signed by the finance director or similar responsible person detailing any major changes in the current financial position since the date of the latest audited accounts provided.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement. Economic operators who wish to view the tender documentation electronically can do so by searching on the contracts finder website: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search login 48 hours after the dispatch of this notice. HMRC uses an HMRC instance of SAP Ariba Sourcing Pro (thereafter referred to as HMRC’s SAP Ariba) and this must be used to express an interest and/or bid for the opportunity (further information about HMRC’s SAP Ariba is available on the HMRC website: www.hmrc.gov.uk/about/supplying.htm) economic operators who have used HMRC’s SAP Ariba previously will be registered as part of the HMRC Ariba supplier network and you should access the system to obtain your account ID number. Contact details on the system should be checked and, where necessary, additional users added to help avoid multiple registrations for the same organisation. Previously registered users having difficulty recovering their account ID number or identifying users within their organisation should email for assistance firstname.lastname@example.org
Economic operators using HMRC’s SAP Ariba for the first time, including suppliers who are already registered on the wider SAP Ariba supplier network, will need to register at http://hmrc.supplier-eu.ariba.com/ad/register/SSOActions?type=full (you must ensure that you are directed to the registration page for HMRC’s SAP Ariba, identified with the HMRC logo at the top of the page, and to do this you may need to cut and paste the web address directly into your web browser). You will receive a system generated email asking you to activate your SAP Ariba supplier account by verifying your email address. Once you have completed the activation process you will receive a further email confirming the ‘registration process is now complete’ and providing you with ‘your organisation’s account ID’ number. If an email response from HMRC is not received within one working day of your request, please re-contact email@example.com (after first checking your spam in-box) notifying non-receipt and confirming when your registration request was first made.
Once you have obtained ‘your account ID’ number, please email Bhavina.firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information as confirmation that you wish to express an interest and/or bid for the opportunity.
The contract reference shown in Section IV.3.1) of this contract notice
— your HMRC SAP Ariba account ID: AN,
— your organisation’s name,
— your name,
— your email address,
— your telephone number.
Economic operators who have complied with the foregoing will receive an email confirming access to the online questionnaires. If access is not provided within one working day, please contact Bhavina.email@example.com (after first checking your spam in-box) notifying non-receipt and confirming when your request for access to the online questionnaires was first made.
Questionnaires must be fully completed (and any associated hard-copy documents received by HMRC) no later than 12.00 on 21.11.2019. The deadline for clarification questions is 13.11.2019 with responses provided by the 15.11.2019 which will allow the required 6 days for the information to be considered. Tenders not submitted in the required form (or containing the requested information) may be rejected. HMRC does not bind itself to accept any tender and reserves the right to accept any part of the tender unless the tenderer expressly stipulates to the contrary.
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GO Reference: GO-20191021-PRO-15495803