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Verenigd Koninkrijk-Londen: Elektromechanische uitrusting
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Resultaten van de aanbestedingsprocedure
Afdeling I: Aanbestedende dienst
Afdeling II: Voorwerp
Purchase of automated LFT Reel to Reel Dispensing and Lamination Equipment
Purchase of automated LFT reel to reel dispensing and lamination equipment.
Afdeling IV: Procedure
1) The Covid-19 outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern 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.
2) A key element of ensuring an effective response to the pandemic is ensuring that there is adequate testing. Therefore, ensuring surge LFT capacity, including sufficient availability of lateral flow tests, is critical.
3) Mass testing of the UK Population is a key step in bringing the pandemic under control (Lateral Flow Tests produce quicker results than the current PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, and do not require a lab processing step.). LFT tests have only recently become viable as a means of testing, with multiple tests being progressed through to certification and approval. This was unforeseen by the DHSC and outside its control.
4) Critical steps in the manufacture of LFT tests include automated dispensing of biologically active agents onto reels of backing material and laminating — this is termed primary manufacture.
5) Further steps required include mounting the test strip in a cassette housing to allow handling, and foil wrapping with desiccant to protect the unit from dust and damp up to the point that it is used — this is termed secondary manufacture.
6) Primary manufacturing equipment is in short supply. The existing supply chains of this equipment are potentially volatile — there are few suppliers worldwide, their order books have long lead times, and what stocks of equipment there are, rapidly are sold. No suitable frameworks exist for buying these services or equipment.
7) Award of the contract to Biodot Ltd for the RR120 reel to reel depositors, the LM 9000 laminators was necessary with immediate effect to meet the timescales necessary for setting up viable production lines within the UK for early 2021. The items under this contract are long lead items (12 weeks) and there is insufficient time to organise an advertised competition.
8) DHSC is satisfied the tests permitting use of the negotiated procedure without prior publication (Regulation 32(2)(c)) are met:
A. As far as is strictly necessary: the surge LFT capacity was identified as strictly necessary to meet the demand to scale up the testing programme in the UK;
B. There are genuine reasons for extreme urgency: it is responding to covid-19 immediately because of public health risks presenting a genuine emergency;
C. The events that have led to the need for extreme urgency were unforeseeable: the Commission itself confirmed: ‘The current Coronavirus crisis presents an extreme and unforeseeable urgency — precisely for such a situation our European rules enable public buyers to buy within a matter of days, even hours, if necessary.’ (Commissioner Breton, Internal Market, 1 April 2020);
D. It is impossible to comply with the usual timescales in the PCR: it is not possible to comply with the timescales of another procedure due to the urgent requirement to ensure effective surge capacity;
E. The situation is not attributable to the contracting authority — DHSC has not done anything to cause or contribute to the need for extreme urgency.
Afdeling V: Gunning van een opdracht
Afdeling VI: Aanvullende inlichtingen