Issue details

Authority to Award a Contract for the set up and management of Covid-19 Lateral Flow Testing through a direct award

This decision seeks approval to award a contract for the management of Covid-19 Lateral Flow Testing on behalf of the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) as required by Contract Standing Order 88.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 28/07/2021

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
It was not possible to provide notice on the Forward Plan due to the need to urgently procure the ongoing Lateral Flow Testing service and it was not considered the Council had time to complete a tender process or comply withe the usual timescales in the Public Contract Regulations 2015. There was also no time to run an accelerated procurement under the open or restricted procedures or competitive procedure with negotiation or to place a call off contract under an existing commercial agreement or framework. Approval is therefore sought to an immediate direct award of contract on the basis of extreme urgency with the intention is to award a contract for 13 weeks, in order to address the public health concerns and the contract to run to 31 Dec 21.

Decision due: 27 Jul 2021 by Deputy Leader

Lead member: Deputy Leader

Lead director: Strategic Director - Customer and Digital Services

Department: Customer and Digital Services

Contact: Thomas Cattermole, Head of Member Services Email: Tel: 020 8937 5446.