Published date: 23 August 2021

This notice was replaced on 19 November 2021

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

Awarded contract (published 19 November 2021)

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Contract summary


  • Research and development services and related consultancy services - 73000000

  • Research laboratory services - 73111000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

23 August 2021

Closing date

4 October 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 November 2021

Contract end date

31 October 2023

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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Tenders are invited to carry out food commodity sampling, transportation of commodities to labs and physical analysis tests of specific imported food. The timeline for completion of the 1st work package is 31st March 2022. The work is expected to start in October/November 2021.
We will provide and agree the final list with the service provider detailing the commodity, the country of origin and the hazard we require the commodity to be tested for. The list covers products from third countries (including the EU) and only commodity/country/hazard combinations that are not currently controlled. A draft list is attached to this specification, the highlighted items are the core items that will definitely form part of the final list. The FSA will consult internally regarding the final sampling plan in collaboration with the successful service provider/s.

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About the buyer


Foss House, Peasholme Green