Published date: 15 September 2020

Last edited date: 29 September 2020

This notice was replaced on 15 September 2020

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Early engagement (published 15 September 2020, last edited 25 November 2020)

Closed early engagement

Contract summary


  • Medical equipments, pharmaceuticals and personal care products - 33000000

  • Medical consumables - 33140000

  • Diagnostic kits - 33141625

    • Test tubes - 33192500

    • Manual swab test kits - 38911000

Location of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

15 September 2020

Closing date

5 October 2020

Contract type

Supply contract

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



In line with the Government's testing strategy, the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) is seeking to procure sample collection consumables for COVID-19 testing in order to scale up testing to meet forecast demand for winter. To begin with, the DHSC would like to build an understanding of suppliers in the market who can support this scale up - hence the issuance of this RFI.\r
Kindly click on the links below to access the relevant specification documents along with the RFI response excel. For the provision of responses to this RFI, please follow the "RFI Response Instructions" as highlighted in the "RFI Background & Context" sheet of the excel document.\r
Although the end date for this RFI is 30/09/2020, we are requesting responses to be submitted as soon as possible.\r
Thank you for your interest in this RFI - we appreciate your support.

About the buyer

Contact name

Sam Richman


39 Victoria Street