1. I-Ispra: nanotechnology: safety assessment of products and substances

    138882-2009 published in OJEU S 097, 22.05.2009

    deadline for submission of tenders Sunday, February 12, 2012

    Call for expressions of interest (Original) of Service contract in Italy

    The contractor belongs to European Institution/Agency or International Organisation (European Institution/Agency or International Organisation)


    • Type of contract: Service contract (Call for expressions of interest)
    • Type of awarding authority: European Institution/Agency or International Organisation
    • Type of notice: Call for expressions of interest ()
    • Country: Italy
    • Heading: C398
    1. Name, address, telephone and fax of the awarding authority:
    European Commission
    Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Management Support Unit, T.P. 582
    via E. Fermi 2749
    Ispra VA
    faxITALY. Fax +39 0332789434
    2. Type:

    Notice of a call for expression of interest (CEI) for 'Nanotechnology — safety assessment of products and substances'.

    All institutes, organisations or companies wishing to be included on the list of service providers are invited to submit an application in accordance with the rules set out in this notice for the purpose specified.

    Groups of service providers may submit their applications, which if awarded a contract, shall assume a legal form by incorporation, partnership or otherwise, which will enable them to contract as a single entity. A group of service providers, however, must identify the coordinator, the sole interlocutor towards the Commission, which will interface between the Commission and the service providers.

    The awarding authority will draw up a list of candidates whose applications meet the criteria set out in point 8 below. The list will be subdivided into sub-lists, each of which will correspond to one of the fields referred to in point 4.

    Each time a specific contract is to be concluded relating to the field described at point 4, the contracting department will invite all the candidates on the relevant sub-lists or some of them, selected on the basis of objective and non-discriminatory criteria, to submit a tender.

    The contracting department will send to the candidates the call for tenders relating to the contract in question.

    Inclusion on the list entails no obligation on the part of the Commission concerning the award of the contract nor, in view of the preceding paragraph, concerning an invitation to tender.

    3. The list resulting from this notice will be used exclusively for public contracts of the following type:

    Service contracts under Annex II A to Directive 2004/18/EC, for research and development contracts in category 8 in that Annex, worth less than an estimated 206 000 EUR.

    4. Detailed description of the fields covered by the call for expressions of interest:

    The object of this call for expression of interest is the provision of services in the field of nanotechnology — safety assessment of products and substances.

    One of the most important developments in the recent decade is the advent of nanotechnology. In its Communication 'Towards a European Strategy for Nanotechnology' the Commission addressed 'inter alia' public health, safety, environmental and consumer protection issues, stating that R&D and technological progress need to be accompanied by scientific investigation and assessment of possible health or environmental risks associated with nanotechnology. Subsequently, the Commission stated in its Communication 'Nanosciences and nanotechnologies: an action plan for Europe 2005–2009' that all applications and use of nanosciences and nanotechnologies must comply with the high level of public health, safety, consumers' and workers' protection, and environmental protection chosen by the Community. It also concluded that, more than new regulation, attention should be paid to implementation and use of instruments already available under Community law. On that basis, the Commission announced that it would examine and, where appropriate, propose adaptations of EU regulations in relevant sectors.

    Based on new concepts in exploiting physical and chemical phenomena in matter at the nanoscale, nanotechnologies (NT) pervade all scientific disciplines and enable novel technological development in almost all aspects of economy and scientific activities. The interaction of NT products with living organisms, the major field of investigation of nanobiotechnology, may entail new hazards for health and environment, and the use of certain products may raise questions and problems regarding ethics or security. This influences the underlying concepts of legislation and many EC directives and guidelines must be reviewed with regard to their applicability. Moreover, new NT developments may require new legislation to avoid misuse and manage newly-identified risks. On the other hand due to its high innovation potential, NT offers an extraordinary range of technological opportunities, also for implementation of present and future legislation.

    The horizontal nanotechnology action responds to immediate policy support needs by investigating and reducing knowledge gaps regarding nanotechnology impacts on human health and the environment for improved risk assessment and management. Moreover the action emphasises research into innovative aspects of nanotechnology as enabling technology in areas such as environment and health, biotechnology, and safety of consumer products anticipating future policy support. The activities are pursued in close collaboration with universities and other research institutions and with international organisations like OECD, ISO and CEN.

    This call for expression of interest is subdivided into the following 8 subfields:

    1. IT platform for nanomaterials NAPIRAhub: substance-related management of information, database management, adaptation of the data model, adaptation of the data structure, tool adaptation, such as query tools, installation and communication support, training for users.

    2. Nanotechnology: substance identification and definition.

    3. Nanotechnology: information requirements for nanomaterials for safety assessment.

    4. Test methods and testing strategies for manufactured nanomaterials: environmental toxicity and environmental fate.

    5. Test methods and testing strategies for manufactured nanomaterials: human health hazards.

    6. Risk assessment and safety assessment methodology for nanomaterials, exposure scenarios, risk management measures, dose descriptors.

    7. Reference nanomaterials, reference substances, repository of substances, distribution.

    8. Nanomaterial characterisation, homogeneity and stability: physico-chemical and biophysical measurements.

    5. Place to carry out contracts:

    See address under point 1.

    6. Expiry date of the list resulting from the call for expression of interest:

    The list of potential service providers will remain valid for 3 years from the date of dispatch of this notice. Interested parties may submit an application at any time during the period of validity of the list, with the exception of the last 3 months.

    7. Legal status of groups of service providers:

    No special legal form is required from applicants.

    8. List of information and documents to be provided:
    Exclusion criteria:
    The purpose of these criteria is to determine whether a service provider is authorised to participate in the tendering procedure. Candidates who are not considered to have the required capacity will not proceed to the selection phase.
    Candidates shall demonstrate that:
    a) they are not bankrupt or being wound up, are not having their affairs administered by courts, have not entered into an arrangement with creditors, have not suspended business activities, are not the subject of proceedings concerning those matters, and are not in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for in national legislation or regulations;
    b) they have not been convicted of an offence concerning professional conduct by a judgment which has the force of 'res judicata';
    c) they have not been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authorities can justify;
    d) they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions or the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which they are established, or with those of the country of the contracting authority or those of the country where the contract is to be performed;
    e) they have not been the subject of a judgement which has the force of 'res judicata' for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation or any other illegal activity detrimental to the Communities' financial interests;
    f) they are not currently subject to an administrative penalty issued by a contracting authority according to Article 96(1) of the Financial Regulation;
    g) they are not subject to a conflict of interest;
    h) they are not guilty of misrepresentation in supplying the information required by the contracting authority as a condition of participation in the contract procedure or fail to supply this information.
    The contracting authority shall accept as satisfactory evidence that the candidate or tenderer to whom the contract is to be awarded is not in one of the situations described in point (a), (b) or (e) (Article 93.1 point (a), (b) or (e) of the Financial Regulation), a recent extract from the judicial record or, failing that, an equivalent document recently issued by a judicial or administrative authority in the country of origin or provenance showing that those requirements are satisfied. The contracting authority shall accept, as satisfactory evidence that the candidate or tenderer is not in the situation described in point (d) (Article 93.1 point (d) of the Financial Regulation), a recent certificate issued by the competent authority of the State concerned.
    Where the documents or certificates referred to in the previous paragraph are not issued in the country concerned and for the other cases of exclusion referred to in Article 93 of the Financial Regulation, they may be replaced by a sworn or, failing that, a solemn statement made by the interested party before a judicial or administrative authority, a notary or a qualified professional body in his country of origin or provenance.
    Selection criteria:
    The purpose of these criteria is to determine whether an operator has the necessary economic, financial, technical and professional capacity to carry out the service. Candidates who are not considered to have the required capacity will not be included on the list of suppliers.
    Economic and financial capacity:
    A) A statement of overall turnover and turnover concerning the services covered by this call for expression of interest during the last financial year.
    Technical and professional capacity:
    B) The educational and professional qualifications of the service provider or contractor and/or those of the firm's managerial staff and, in particular, those of the person or persons responsible for providing the services by means of a CV;
    C) demonstrated experience of at least 4 years in similar services or equivalent activities related to the field of application. It must be clearly stated which services have been provided and which methods have been used. Reports, publications, reference to dedicated projects or similar evidence in support of claims mentioned before are required;
    D) a description of the measures employed to ensure the quality of the service, and a description of facilities and equipment; if relevant to the lot.
    In case of groups of service providers submitting an application, all members of such group have to provide the relevant documents concerning the criteria stated in this point 8. The information concerning the economic and financial capacity as well as the technical and professional capacity is analysed as a whole for these groups and in connection with the role proposed for each member of the groups.
    9. Complete list of information, formalities and documents to be provided by the interested candidates:

    See point 8.

    10. Procedure for submitting applications:

    Address to which applications must be sent: as in point 1.

    Procedure for submitting applications: applications must be sent to the awarding authority either by registered post with acknowledgement of receipt, or courier (both postmarked); or by delivery (in person or by an authorised representative) to the address set out in point 1, internal post office, reception building, which will give the deliverer a receipt as proof that the application has arrived.

    The requested information concerning the exclusion criteria is not compulsory for governmental and public organisations like State hospitals, public research organisations and State universities, but it is obligatory to provide a proof of being a public organisation.

    When submitting the application and the requested documents (see point 8) please clearly state the number of the CEI, the subject and the field (sub-list).

    Internal reference shall also be indicated: IHCP/2009/I/05/21/AMI.

    Candidates can express their interest for one or more fields (sub-list).

    11. Other information:

    The attention of interested parties is drawn to the aim of this call, i.e. the drawing up of a list of candidate service providers who could be invited to respond to a specific invitation to tender. Therefore they are requested to send the information requested above to the indicated address, but not to ask for further information at this stage. Candidates will be notified of the result of their application.

    12. Date of dispatch of the notice:


    13. Date of receipt of this notice by the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities:


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