Public Sector Network Tender Alert


National Gamete Donation Services

The Department of Health currently supports the promotion of gamete donation and a voluntary contact register for pre-1991 donor-conceived people and their donors, in 2 seperate contracts. The Department wants to amalgamate these requirements into one contract with a single Service Provider carrying out both the promotion of gamete donation and the running of the voluntary contact register, The intention is that this will produce a greater focal point for gamete donation, improve services for gamete donors, increase the subject area profile and provide scope of efficiencies, whilst retaining the ability to deliver a client sensitive service. The key policy objectives are: (i) the support and promotion of gamete donation to help address a significant shortage of sperm and egg donors for people seeking infertility treatment and (ii) enabling a voluntary contact register to continue to operate for pre 1991 donor conceived people and their donors. The service provide will be expected to provide the following outputs: 1. Provide support, high quality information and suggested advice to gamete donors and reciepients, both potential and actial, on issues relating to infertility treatment involving the use of donated eggs, sperm and embryos, 2. Liaise with clinics, professional and professional bodies to improve the donor experience, which will encourage the recruitment and retention of egg, sperm and embryo donors; 3. Work with media, social networking and other relevant parties to raise public awareness of the shortage of sperm, egg and embryo's in an effort to alleviate, and ultimately eradicate that shortage. 4. Develop a new vision of the voluntary contact register with a view to increasing registrations and reach. Please note TUPE may apply. The contracting authority/Department of Health considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). For the avoidance of doubt, the contracting authority points out that no weight will be attached to whether or not the economic operator is an SME in selecting economic operators to submit tenders, participate in dialogue or negotiate or in assessing the most economically advantageous tender. The contracting authority/Department of health reserves the right to discontinue the tendering process at any time and not award the contract. This procurement is being procured as a Part B Service. Please note tenders are invited for this work for the period January 2013 to March 2014 and provisionally for 2014/105 (Although the Department of Health Policy team will bid for further programme funding for 2014/2015 the outcome of these bids cannot be guaranteed at this stage.) Instructions for Conditions of Participation. All participants must complete an Invitation to Tender (ITT) which covers Economic and Financial capacity and Technical capacity. This procurement exercise will be conducted on the DH eTendering portal at We call this system BMS (Business Management System). Candidates wishing to be considered for this contract must register their details and download and complete an ITT through the DH eTendering portal (BMS). Registration is a simple one-step process; The supplier must register as a company/organisation; then each employee who may undertake a tendering exercise must then register as an individual. Once this stage is completed, it is then possible to register an expression of interest for this tender. Note: Standard BMS functionality will only acknowledge one recipient per supplier for each individual tender. If you require the tender to be seen by multiple users we suggest using a centralised e-mail address[]. Log on instructions are as follows: Stage 1 - New suppliers Those who have not previously contracted with DH will first need to ensure that their company details are registered in the system. a) Go to the link above b) Click on ‘New Supplier’ c) Complete and send the details in the automated e-mail that appears d) Within 3 working days, you will receive an e-mail with your login information; a unique username and password. Note: Standard BMS functionality requires the registered e-mail address to function as individual’s username. Post Registration Once registered, candidates must express interest as follows a) Go to the link above b) Select ‘Login into e-Tendering System’ c) Select sourcing home page and enter Invitation to Tender (ITT) number 58697 in search field provided. The services required are Part B services and the procurement will be conducted accordingly.

Ref: DH_58697,


Contract value: 1.00 - 320000.00GBP

Published: 31 Oct 2012, Receipt by: 31 Mar 2014