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Electronic Marking of Examinations.

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

This notice is covered by: Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Scottish Qualifications Authority
Lowden, 24 Wester Shawfair, Midlothian
For the attention of: Elaine Robertson
EH22 1FD Dalkeith
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3452136720

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity: http://www.sqa.org.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00386

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Education
1.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities
The contracting authority/entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract
Electronic Marking of Examinations.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Scotland.

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The SQA is currently planning to extend the current e-marking contract for a period of 12 months with an option of a further 12 months extension.
II.1.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

48000000

II.6)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.2)Total final value of contract(s)
II.2.1)Total final value of contract(s)
Value: 1 000 000 GBP
Excluding VAT

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (in the cases listed in Section 2 of Annexes D1, D2 or D3 as appropriate)
Justification for the choice of the negotiated procedure without prior publication of a contract notice in the OJEU in accordance with Directive 2004/18/EC
The works/goods/services can be provided only by a particular tenderer for reasons that are: technical, connected with the protection of exclusive rights
The SQA is currently planning and implementing a transformation as regards its ICT systems, and more widely its strategic direction as regards its digital agenda.
The ‘e-marking’ solution is crucial to the future portfolio of SQA's digital activities. The SQA's current contract for e-marking expires in 2016 - which is a date not in alignment with the wider re-tendering exercises and other changes to support the transformational change, which the SQA has planned for 2017/18.
As such, the SQA is intending to extend the duration of its current 6 year e-marking contract by 1 year plus a potential further extension of 12 months. In context the SQA considers this to be a variation to an existing contract which is not material having regard to case law, and so (to the extent treated as a new contract) is out with the scope of the Directives.
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority/entity
SQA1632
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Notice on qualification system

Notice number in the OJEU: 2011/S 61-098290 of 29.3.2011

of 29.3.2011

Notice number in the OJEU: 2011/S 61-098290 of 29.3.2011

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: SQA1632 Lot title: Electronic Marking of Examinations
V.1)Date of contract award decision:
29.6.2015
V.2)Information about offers
Number of offers received:1
V.3)Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

Rm Education
183 Milton Park
OX14 4SE Abingdon
UNITED KINGDOM
Internet address: www.rm.com

V.4)Information on value of contract
Initial estimated total value of the contract:
Value: 1 000 000 GBP
Excluding VAT
Total final value of the contract:
Value: 1 000 000 GBP
Excluding VAT
If annual or monthly value Number of years 2
V.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:
(SC Ref:337591).
VI.3)Procedures for appeal
VI.3.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.3.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:
28.5.2015