|RFx ID :||19467131|
|Tender Name :||Biosecurity Surveillance Panel|
|Reference # :||18143|
|Open Date :||Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:00 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)|
|Close Date :||Thursday, 5 April 2018 10:00 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)|
|Tender Type :||Request for Proposals (RFP)|
|Tender Coverage :||Sole Agency [?]|
|Required Pre-qualifications :||None|
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Biosecurity is vitally important to New Zealand. As a country, we rely on primary production more than any other developed country. We have unique native species that are a core part of our natural heritage and culture, and we pride ourselves in enjoying high standards of lifestyle and well-being. Growing volumes of tourism and trade are putting pressure on the biosecurity system and while interventions at the border prevent many pests and diseases from entering New Zealand, a robust biosecurity surveillance system is necessary to detect the pests and diseases that do manage to get in. Biosecurity surveillance is the process of systematically collecting, analysing and interpreting information about the presence or absence of pests, diseases and unwanted organisms.
In plain language, biosecurity surveillance means looking for pests, diseases, animals, plants and other living things, which either don't belong in New Zealand, or which can cause problems for animals, plants or the environment – to find out whether they're already here - if they are, where exactly they are – and if they're not, to detect them early if they arrive.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking to form a Biosecurity Surveillance Panel (Panel) of capable providers who can provide ‘field surveillance’ and ‘diagnostic’ services in support of our Biosecurity Surveillance programmes.