Framework Agreement Description

Medical Gases in Cylinders and Bulk Gases

Reference: SBS/21/BH/DYV/10040

The Medical Gases in Cylinders and Bulk Gases Framework Agreement provides a competitive framework to purchase cylinders containing a variety of medical gases. Under the terms of this framework, you can access a bulk supply of medical gases, plus it covers the provision and installation of the vacuum insulated evaporator (VIE) and covers the back-up facility, rental, depreciation and maintenance of the VIE and backup. In addition, this framework agreement covers the supply of liquid oxygen.

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Framework Agreement Information

What is the framework agreement duration?
01 October 2021 – 30 September 2025

Who can take advantage of the framework agreement?
NHS and Public Sector Organisations

What does this framework agreement cover?
The agreement provides a competitive framework agreement for clients of NHS SBS to purchase Cylinders containing a variety of medical gases. The facility exists to run further competitions for bulk gases and the provision and installation of the Vacuum Insulated Evaporator (VIE) and back-up facility, rental, depreciation and maintenance of the VIE and backup; in addition to the supply of liquid oxygen.

The framework agreement has been structured in the following lots:

  • Lot 1 – Medical Gases in cylinders
  • Lot 2 – Bulk Gases – supply, installation and commissioning of liquid oxygen storage tanks, ancillary equipment and medical liquid oxygen including specialist gases
  • Lot 3 – Additional Products

What are the benefits of using this framework agreement?
OJEU AVOIDANCE
A compliant procurement exercise has been already undertaken to ensure that the framework agreement suppliers meet all key standards and requirements, saving valuable time and resources.

DIRECT AWARD OR FURTHER COMPETITION
Provides a compliant route to market as well as the flexibility to direct award to a single supplier or run a further competition.

QUALITY OF SERVICE PROVISION
The experience and capability of suppliers has been robustly tested via the process to establish the framework agreement giving full confidence in the approved suppliers.

CHOICE OF SUPPLIERS
A choice of key suppliers in the market.

GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE
Suppliers are able to supply all regions and sub-regions of the UK.

AGILE & INNOVATIVE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT
Suppliers will be able to bring forward new products throughout the life of the agreement.

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