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Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Pre-Commercial Procurement of Innovative Triage Management Systems Strengthening Resilience and Interoperability of Emergency Medical Services
This PIN announces an open market consultation and provides information about a planned pre-commercial procurement (PCP) carried out by the iProcureSecurity PCP project, addressing the need for more effective emergency medical services in Europe. iProcureSecurity PCP is looking to procure R&D services in the form of a solution that will provide Triage Management Systems which will strengthen the resilience and interoperability of European Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The procurement should address the procurers' unmet needs relating to different EMS-related aspect, such as: planning and decision making, resource allocation, improved triage practices, data transmission and interoperability, usability of EMS solutions, evaluation and sustainability, data security and protection.
This PCP procurement is a joint procurement by different procurers across Europe that are all facing the same common challenge and are thus looking for similar solutions (so-called ‘buyers group’).
Testing is expected to take place as part of large disaster management exercises in the EU such as MODEX or local exercises in the procurers’ countries: Spain, Austria, Italy, Greece and Turkey.
The procurement will take the form of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) under which R&D service contracts will be awarded to R&D providers in parallel in a phased approach. This will make it possible to compare competing alternative solutions. Each selected operator will be awarded a framework agreement that covers three R&D phases. The three phases are: solution design, prototype development, original development and validation and testing of a limited volume of first products or services. After each phase, intermediate evaluations will be carried out to select the best of the competing solutions. The contractors with the best value- for-money solutions will be offered a specific contract for the next phase.
The selected operators will retain ownership of the intellectual property rights (IPRs) that they generate during the PCP and will be able to use them to exploit the full market potential (estimated at 40 million people in need of pre-hospital care in the five countries in the project) of the developed solutions.
This procurement receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement No 101022061 – iProcureSecurity PCP (https://pcp.iprocuresecurity.eu/). The EU has given a grant for this procurement, but is not participating as a contracting authority in the procurement.
This PIN invites all interested operators to take part in an open market consultation (OMC) which will take the form of a series of meetings (both online and physical meetings) in the period mid January - April 2022. All meetings will be announced on the website: https://pcp.iprocuresecurity.eu/. At least one OMC will be held in English.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The PCP procurement is exempted from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), the EU public procurement directives and the national laws that implement them (because it concerns the procurement of R&D services where the benefits do not accrue exclusively to the contracting authority for its use in the conduct of its own affairs). This PIN is published to announce an open market consultation on a future procurement procedure. The PIN is not a commitment to procure.
The contracting authority involved in the iProcureSecurity PCP project is not legally bound in any way by the outcome of the market consultation.
The open market consultation will provide an overview on the procurement objectives, the PCP process and the main clauses of the contract. It is also not part of any pre-qualification or selection process. No advantage or disadvantage will be given to any supplier / group of suppliers to the detriment of others during the market consultation and the sub-sequent competitive procedure for the award of contracts procurement.
Offers will be accepted in English.
All communication will be carried out in English.
All information provided during the open market consultation and other background information will be published online in English