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Forensic suppliers invited to join new Dynamic Purchasing System

Physical forensic suppliers are invited to participate in new DPS to "stabilise" the market

The Forensic Capability Network (FCN), together with the Transforming Forensics Programme and Bluelight Commercial are inviting suppliers to participate in the creation of the Next Generation Procurement Physical Forensics Services Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

The DPS is an electronic system designed to give forces access to a wide range of pre-qualified forensic suppliers. 

Forces will be able to award contracts for 12 physical forensic service lines provided by private-sector providers, including toxicology, drugs, DNA and biology analysis.

The system is due to go live in December 2021, with a deadline for responses by suppliers of 6 December. New force contracts will be in place in 2022.

Bluelight Commercial said: “This procurement will deliver a collaborative approach to the next generation of forensics contracts for physical forensics services, providing a nationally standardised specification and terms & conditions to build a cohesive sustainable marketplace environment, where service delivery and capacity meet both the current and future needs of policing and the criminal justice system.

“This procurement will enable a balanced approach to stabilisation of the marketplace, whilst delivering value for money for policing, through embedding a culture of collaborative working and partnerships.”

Suppliers are invited to view the DPS and Standard Selection Questionnaire on EU Supply here.

An event is currently being planned for November giving suppliers the opportunity to gain a full understanding the process and requirements of the DPS.

Jo Ashworth OBE, CEO of the FCN, called it "crucial work".

"Next Generation Procurement is an important step forwards in helping to address the issues that affect the stability of the forensic marketplace," she said. 

NPCC Forensic Marketplace Lead, DCC Paul Gibson, said: “This is the culmination of a huge amount of consultation and collaboration with the forensic community. We’re hugely grateful to everyone from forces, suppliers, government and elsewhere who have provided their input and helped us shape this procurement to meet the needs of policing and the criminal justice system.”

The FCN's DPS for digital forensics went live in October last year. 

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