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National Screening Unit Laboratory Services - Request for Information


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RFx ID : 18917758
Tender Name : National Screening Unit Laboratory Services - Request for Information
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Open Date : Friday, 1 September 2017 12:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)
Close Date : Friday, 22 September 2017 12:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)
Tender Type : Request for Information (Market research) (RFI)
Tender Coverage : Sole Agency  [?]
Categories :
  • 41000000 - Laboratory and Measuring and Observing and Testing Equipment
  • 42000000 - Medical Equipment and Accessories and Supplies
  • 85000000 - Healthcare Services
  • New Zealand
Required Pre-qualifications : None
Contact : NSU Procurement Team
all enquiries to be submitted via GETS Q+A function please
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The National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) and the Antenatal and Newborn Screening (A&NS) are developing laboratory testing for its screening programmes from 2018 onwards. Provision for future services may be sought through a formal procurement process.

The Ministry’s National Screening Unit (NSU) purchases laboratory services for the Ministry’s national screening programmes through a number of contracts. The NSU are looking to refresh these services to create better alignment and integration with other parts of the health and social sectors. Overall the NSU is looking for innovative approaches to how these services may be delivered.

The NSU currently purchase a range of laboratory testing services from New Zealand-based laboratory providers. The screening programmes within NSU that directly source laboratory tests are :
- National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) – e.g. Cytology and human papilloma virus (HPV) tests
- Antenatal screening for Down syndrome and other conditions (DSOC) – e.g. 1st and 2nd trimester maternal serum screening
- Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme (NMSP) – e.g. blood sample tests for newborn metabolics (“heel prick test”)
- Screening for Bowel Cancer.

This RFI is intended to reach a range of local and international laboratory providers. Accordingly the NSU is looking for a fresh approach to laboratory services, it is important to know how prepared the sector is to provide NSU these services and what the sector thinks the future approach should look like. The feedback from this RFI may be used to inform the Ministry future approach to laboratory services.

Expected outcomes for this RFI:
- Better understanding of the health laboratory market and service availability in New Zealand
- Insights into the current range of laboratory service capability and capacity
- Understanding of laboratory services workforce practice and future challenges e.g. recruitment, training, upskilling
- To inform the Ministry for the development of service specifications that allow flexibility for providers to deliver the service in a way that works for their location and target population(s).