Published date: 2 October 2020

Closed early engagement

Closing date: 22 October 2020

Contract summary


  • Medical software package - 48180000

  • Medical information systems - 48814000

Location of contract

West Midlands

Procurement reference


Published date

2 October 2020

Closing date

22 October 2020

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to engage with suppliers of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).

The Authority has prepared a draft specification of requirements and requests that interested suppliers provide indication of their ability to meet these requirements.

The Authority has also prepared a more general pre-market engagement questionnaire, seeking more general feedback from the market on the draft requirements and possible routes to market. The Authority is also requesting indicative pricing.

The purpose of this pre-market engagement exercise is to allow the Authority to assess the capabilities of the market and to refine its specification and approach to the procurement of this requirement.

The pre-market engagement questionnaires, draft requirements and further guidance documentation can be accessed via the Bravo procurement portal - please refer to the additional information section for further instructions.

More information


Additional text

Suppliers wishing to respond participate in this pre-market engagement exercise should respond to the questionnaires via the online form on the Bravo Portal by 12:00 on Thursday 22nd October 2020.

Bravo reference of online form: ppq__28614 "Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) - Pre-Market Engagement"

How to register:

1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once) - Browse to the eSourcing Portal: and click the link to register - Accept the terms and conditions and click 'continue' - Enter your correct business and user details - Note the username you chose and click 'Save' when complete - You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please
keep this secure);

2. Express an Interest and respond to PIN Questionnaire - Login to the portal with the username/password - Click the 'PQQs / ITTs Open to All Suppliers' link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) - Browse the PQQs (there may be more than one page) and select 'pqq_28614' by clicking on it. - Click the 'Express Interest' button at the top of the page - This will move the PQQ /ITT into your 'My PQQs/ My ITTs' page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) - You can now access any attachments by clicking 'Buyer Attachments' in the 'PQQ/ ITT Details' box; 3. Responding to the Tender - Click'My Response' under 'PQQ/ ITT Details', you can choose to 'Create Response' or to 'Decline to Respond' (please give a reason if declining) - You can now use the 'Messages' function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification - Note the deadline for completion, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT - There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available). You must then submit your reply using the 'Submit Response' button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

*Please note* this is purely a market engagement exercise and any subsequent procurement will be advertised separately and all organisations wanting to participate will need to respond to the procurement advertisement as and when published. Please note that THIS IS NOT A PQQ and does not represent the commencement of the procurement process, we are using this functionality within the Bravo portal to communicate with interested parties as part of the market engagement exercise

About the buyer


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