Provision of External Audit Services

Publication reference: 2021/S 000-011740
Publication date: 26 May 2021

F02: Contract notice

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses


23 Portland Place




Zoran Kahvo



United Kingdom

NUTS code

UK - United Kingdom

Internet address(es)
Main address

Buyer's address

one.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at

Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via

one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Other type

UK Healthcare Regulator

one.5) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Provision of External Audit Services

Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code
  • 79210000 - Accounting and auditing services
two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

Following the PIN published on FTS on 19 April 2021, publication reference: 2021/S 000-008192, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is undertaking a competitive tender process under the Open Procedure, in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (the "Regulations").

Our core regulatory and charitable activities are setting standards of conduct and practice, approving education courses under which nurses, midwives and nursing associates qualify to practise in the UK, maintaining the register of professionals eligible to practise, and investigating concerns over professionals' fitness to practise. Our fitness to practise activities represent around half of our total direct resources expended.

We are inviting Registered Auditors to bid for the external audit of our financial statements for a term of up to 10 years, starting with the year ending 31 March 2022.

NMC requires a high quality external audit delivered in an efficient manner by an auditor with high integrity and reputation. The external auditor should use specialists and industry experts to ensure they clearly understand our organisation and are able to provide a value-added service.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £500,000

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
  • 79212100 - Financial auditing services
  • 79212300 - Statutory audit services
two.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS codes
  • UK - United Kingdom
two.2.4) Description of the procurement

The aim of this procurement process is to invite bids for the provision of External Audit of the NMC's financial statements, for the year ending 31 March 2022 onwards. As a summary, this includes:

The NAO place reliance on the work of Council-appointed auditors, so it is essential that our auditors work effectively with the NAO, and the NAO are confident in their work. You will be required to provide an opinion for the NAO and share any of your working papers with the NAO on request.

Our overarching objective is the protection of the public, and we are a registered charity, but our finances are much simpler and more secure than many charities: we have no voluntary income, or charity shops, or branches or subsidiaries. So we have less need for charity expertise from our auditors than other charities might, but charity expertise is still relevant and desirable.

Our key operations include the maintenance of our register and our fitness to practise process, and our income is almost entirely made up of our registration fees. Experience of working with other regulatory or membership organisations and understanding of those business processes is desirable.

In practise we prepare our annual report and accounts broadly in accordance with the HM Treasury Financial Reporting Manual (FReM), which impacts significantly on the content of the annual report, and to a limited extent on the disclosures in the notes to the accounts. Understanding of the requirements of the FReM is, therefore, desirable.

The external auditor is required to meet all relevant standards defined by law and by all appropriate regulators. The external auditor will need to demonstrate that these standards have been met.

two.2.5) Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

two.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months


This contract is subject to renewal


two.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

two.2.11) Information about options

Options: Yes

Description of options

There is an option to extend the contract for up to five further years after the initial five year term.

Section three. Legal, economic, financial and technical information

three.1) Conditions for participation

three.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

three.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

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

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No

four.2) Administrative information

four.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

25 June 2021

Local time


four.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


four.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

four.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders

25 June 2021

Local time


Section six. Complementary information

six.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: Yes

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

Nursing and Midwifery Council

23 Portland Place





+44 2076815480


United Kingdom

Internet address