Awarded contract


  • Department of Health and Social Care

F03: Contract award notice

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-008143

Published 18 April 2021, 9:40pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Department of Health and Social Care

39 Victoria Street





United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKI32 - Westminster

Internet address(es)

Main address

Buyer's 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


two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 85145000 - Services provided by medical laboratories

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

The Contract with RMI will provide overall management of the operation by RMI for MPU (V)'s and MPU (T)'s

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: £19,518,517

two.2) Description

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UK - United Kingdom

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

The Contract with RMI will provide overall management of the operation by RMI for MPU (V)'s and MPU (T)'s

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


Negotiated procedure without prior publication1. The COVID-19 outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern as declared by the World Health Organisation on 30 January 2020. The WHO Director General characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020.2. A key element of ensuring an effective response to the pandemic is ensuring that there is adequate testing. Subsequently securing sufficient lab capacity in order to process test results is crucial.3. DHSC is satisfied the tests permitting use of the Negotiated procedure without prior publication (Regulation 32(2)(c)) are met:A. As far as is strictly necessary: Increased lab capacity to increase the amount and fast turnaround of tests processed was identified as strictly necessary to meet the demand to scale up the testing programme in the UK.B. There are genuine reasons for extreme urgency: It is responding to COVID-19 immediately because of public health risks presenting a genuine emergency.C. The events that have led to the need for extreme urgency were unforeseeable: The Commission itself confirmed: “The current coronavirus crisis presents an extreme and unforeseeable urgency – precisely for such a situation our European rules enable public buyers to buy within a matter of days, even hours, if necessary.” (Commissioner Breton, Internal Market, 01.04.2020).D. It is impossible to comply with the usual timescales in the PCR: It is not possible to comply with the timescales of another procedure due to the urgent requirement to ensure the amount of tests processed increases with the necessary demand. E. The situation is not attributable to the contracting authority – DHSC has not done anything to cause or contribute to the need for extreme urgency

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

19 March 2021

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

Remote Medical International UK Ltd

Collingwood House, Port Of Tyne,

South Shields

NE33 5SP


United Kingdom

NUTS code
  • UK - United Kingdom
National registration number


The contractor is an SME


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

Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: £19,518,517

Total value of the contract/lot: £19,518,517

five.2.5) Information about subcontracting

The contract is likely to be subcontracted

Section six. Complementary information

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

The High Court






United Kingdom

Internet address