Awarded contract

PHE_Scientific_Provision of Primestore Transport Media

  • Public Health England

F03: Contract award notice

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-001908

Published 29 January 2021, 10:56pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Public Health England

Manor Farm Road, Porton Down





+44 2076548000


United Kingdom

NUTS code


Internet address(es)

Main address

one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority

one.5) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

PHE_Scientific_Provision of Primestore Transport Media

two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 38911000 - Manual swab test kits

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

PHE has awarded a contract to EKF Diagnostics Holding PLC for the provision of Primestore Transport Media in custom tubes to fast track Covid 19 testing.

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)

Value excluding VAT: £1,200,000

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 38912000 - Automated swab test kits

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

This is a single tender action for the provision of a Primestore Transport Media in custom tubes to fast track Covid 19 testing.

two.2.5) Award criteria


two.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

two.2.13) Information about European Union Funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.1) Type of procedure

Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the cases listed below

  • Extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable for the contracting authority


The UK Government must protect the health and wellbeing of UK citizens. The COVID-19 outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) 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.

PHE discharges its duties as a Category 1 Responder to emergencies on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care within the scope of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA 2004).

This urgent requirement is in response to the COVID -19 outbreak. A direct award has been made due to extreme urgency under current public procurement regulations using regulation 32(2)(c) to support reduced testing turnaround times which are critical in the current outbreak and increase capacity for Covid 19 testing.,

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

Section five. Award of contract

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

five.2) Award of contract

five.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract

5 October 2020

five.2.2) Information about tenders

Number of tenders received: 1

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

five.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

EKF Diagnostic Holding PLC



United Kingdom

NUTS code
The contractor is an SME


five.2.4) Information on value of contract/lot (excluding VAT)

Total value of the contract/lot: £1,200,000

Section six. Complementary information

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

Public Health England

61 Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5EQ




United Kingdom