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Healthy Start Vitamins - Qualified Person for Pharmacovigilance Services

This is a notification that the Department is running an OJEU Open Procurement for the services described. - (for which see ITT ref number 60433).Interested suppliers need to register on the BMS system if they have not done so already. Details of registration can be found on the attached instructions document and link provided. The Secretary of State has a statutory responsibility to make Heathy Start Vitamins available for people who are entitled to them. The Department of Health (DH) arranges for the procurement of these vitamin products, which are purchased by local authorities and distributed to Healthy Start beneficiaries. Local authorities can claim reimbursement from the DH for the cost of the vitamins. The vitamin product for Healthy Start beneficiaries aged up to four - Healthy Start Children's Vitamin drops, are presently a licensed medicine and the Marketing Authorisation (MA) is held by the Secretary of State for Health. The product is a General Sale list licensed medicine and the MA reference is PL01511 / 0003. As the holder of the MA the Secretary of State has legal obligations to ensure compliance with licence requirements set out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the European Union (EU). Failure to fulfil these legal obligations could result in the MHRA either suspending or withdrawing the MA for this product. This in turn would mean that the Secretary of State could not meet their responsibilities to make Healthy Start Vitamins available. The requirement for the Marketing Authorisation Holder (MAH) to have a qualified person with responsibility for pharmacovigilance services is described within the pharmacovigilance legislation (Regulation (EU) No 1235 / 2010 and Directive 2010 / 84 / EU). A legal obligation is therefore placed on the DH to meet the requirement for a qualified person (QP) who will be responsible for pharmacovigilance services. DH intends to outsource this function as described below. Bidders are required to refer to the procurement documentation for full details of the requirement. The Contract is expected to be for a period of up to 24 months, with extension options. See attached Procurement documents. DH reserves the right to not proceed to Contract for this requirement.


Sam Richman
Department of Health, Quarry House, Quarry Hill

Contract value: 110000

Published: 23 Jun 2017, Receipt by: 10 Jul 2017