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United Kingdom-London: Bovine ear tags
Modification of a contract/concession during its term
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-and-rural-affairs
Section II: Object
DNA Ear Tagging of TB Reactors
Supply of DNA ear tags and applicators to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).
Section IV: Procedure
Section V: Award of contract/concession
Section VI: Complementary information
Section VII: Modifications to the contract/concession
This contract is being modified in accordance with Regulation 72.1.b of the Public Contract Regulations 2015. The modification will extend the current contract for supply of DNA ear tags.
This extension will modify the contract in accordance with Regulation 72.1.b of the Public Contract Regulations 2015. The modification will extend the current contract for supply of DNA Ear Tags for 12-months (with a new contract end date of 30.9.2019).
An extension avoids the significant inconvenience and substantial duplication of costs arising from the replacement of 1 500 ear tag applicators that are distributed to vet practices throughout England, Wales and Scotland to carry out bovine TB tests at a time where there is uncertainty regarding the government’s mandate on the TB programme going forward following initial publication of the Godfray review in October 2018. Applicators of a particular supplier are not universal or interchangeable due to varying size and components. At this point, given the uncertainty surrounding the scope and parameters of the TB programme going forward (including the use of any particular ear tag), there would be significant inconvenience and substantial duplication of costs for APHA to purchase and send new applicators to all of the relevant vet practices in the UK (and educate the practices on their use), as well as organise the disposal of the old applicators.